News that graduates are more than ever returning to their home region after graduation has prompted Lincolnshire’s education, council and business leaders to pool their efforts, in a bid to improve employment outcomes for students who stay local.
Greater Lincolnshire local authorities, some major count employers, the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University are working to promote graduate retention and greater visibility of opportunities.
Together they have successfully bid for an Industry Challenge Project – worth £500k over three years and due to launch in the autumn. It’s designed to ‘match-make’ students with regional employers by demonstrating the rich array of career opportunities available for high-skilled graduates in key local industries.
Meanwhile, West Lindsey District Council has produced a ‘Higher Skills Brochure’ with the University of Lincoln’s Careers and Employability Team, to boost visibility of jobs.
Amanda Bouttell, Senior Project Officer for Employment and Skills from the Council said: “There are a wealth of fantastic businesses right here in Greater Lincolnshire, many of whom are leaders in their field with national and international customers. In the past graduates have looked to big cities like London for work – many perhaps without realising the opportunities available right here.”
“Businesses are keen to provide opportunities for students. This brochure, featuring 10 Gainsborough businesses, is a way to demonstrate what skills are needed to meet the complex challenges facing big business today, we’re hoping this project will help keep talented graduates in Lincolnshire.”
Mark Stow, Head of Careers and Employability at the University of Lincoln, is looking forward to seeing the positive impact of the new project on both students and the region as a whole.
He said: “It’s been wonderful to work in partnership with West Lindsey District Council to launch this new brochure, and I’m looking forward to seeing the broader impact that this project will achieve for the Greater Lincolnshire local economies over the next three years.
“This project is a significant boost for the region but will also demonstrate the wealth of talent that students from across both universities can offer. We’ll be working hard with local authorities in Greater Lincolnshire to ensure that the project leaves a legacy of greater opportunity and Higher Level Skills retention, to support the local industrial strategy and long term sustainability of the businesses in the region.”