A ‘matchmaking’ project which aims to put graduates into business has had a 90 per cent success rate so far.
The Graduate Accelerator Programme - believed to be the only one of its kind in the UK - began in Doncaster and is now spreading across South Yorkshire.
It helps jobless graduates find jobs, through weeks of training followed by a presentation that they give to local employers in the hopes of landing a new role.
So far 40 graduates have been helped into employment.
Alice Fawdry, of Rotherham, took part in the scheme.
She said: “I have learnt a huge range of new skills which I’m sure will help greatly with my job search, and eventually in the workplace as well.
“It helped lift my spirits, which had really taken a beating during my unemployment.”
The project is delivered as a partnership involving the Government, colleges, businesses, the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce and Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO).
Programme manager Bobby Singh said: “The graduates face a steep learning curve, but the programme has given them the opportunity to develop the right knowledge, skills and attitudes to make the transition from university to be a real asset to any business.
“Local businesses need to fill skills gaps to grow and innovate and this provides them with access to graduates who could really help them to achieve that.”
Ian Goodall, managing director of Rotherham-based global recruitment specialist Aardvark Swift, added: “We’ve recruited several ambitious young graduates who are now training with us and will hopefully be a great asset to my company.”
More events for jobless graduates will be held in Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley and Sheffield in the next three months.
To find out more, or to attend a “meet the graduates” event, email Bobby Singh at firstname.lastname@example.org.