With skilled workers in high demand in a region with consistently low unemployment, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) is stepping in to help North-east businesses boost their graduate recruitment.
With smaller firms sometimes missing out in the clamour - nine out of 10 graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating - AGCC’s graduate recruitment initiative will allow these businesses to access £1,500 for each position created.
The scheme is being managed by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) on behalf of the Scottish Government, and aims to provide support to businesses with fewer than 50 employees to wengage with graduates and navigate the recruitment process.
As well as the cash incentive, businesses can get help through the scheme with creating the job specification and advertising the position, as well as the graduate’s induction into the company and performance management.
The last time the SCC ran the scheme, they helped 40 small businesses create 100 graduate jobs in four months, with 71% of the recruits previously being either unemployed or underemployed.
Liam Smyth, membership director at Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, said: “We have an ambitious target of finding 20 businesses that can benefit from this funding from the Government to allow them to address crucial skill shortages which are impacting on this region’s business environment.
“With such high employment levels in the region, smaller firms can sometimes be at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting talent.
“Having £70,000 of support available to employers in our region, with £30,000 as direct financial incentives, will go some way to help level the playing field.”
More information on the scheme can be found at http://www.graduateincentive.co.uk