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Graduate scheme opens for business in Hambleton

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Hambleton District Council’s first ever graduate internship scheme has opened its doors for applications.

The authority has joined forces with Teesside University in a new initiative to encourage business growth – and support graduate employment.

And a Stokesley business is the first to show a keen interest in the scheme – Analox currently employs 60 people at its local headquarters but is looking to bring in graduates to help grow its business producing gas sensing solutions to niche markets.

Julie Cole HR manager at Analox Ltd said: “Analox are keen to attract and retain the right people. We look forward to working with Teesside University and Hambleton Council to assist new graduates in securing employment whilst gaining new skills to help the company continue to grow.”

The new scheme fits into the council’s newly adopted Economic Strategy – which seeks to support up to 15 graduates a year to find jobs within Hambleton.

Councillors have allocated £50,000 per year for three years to make that happen.

And Teesside University has secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund to help 33 businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber with a grant of up to £3,999 to cover a six month internship.  As well as the financial subsidy, the University will help with the recruitment process and can provide expert mentoring to drive projects forward.

“Hambleton already has a very successful apprenticeship scheme but this new initiative means we can offer help to graduates,” said Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Peter Wilkinson.

“This is a very exciting new initiative for Hambleton and one which we hope will see expertise retained in the district rather than heading for the bigger conurbations.”

The Yorkshire graduate internship scheme follows a successful scheme run by Teesside University in the North East.  Over the last three years, the North-East Graduates for Business scheme has worked with nearly 200 employers and created more than 190 new jobs.

Teesside University’s head of employer partnerships, Dr Elaine Hooker said: “Since launching our Graduates for Business partnership with Hambleton District Council last month, we have already had interest from several companies.

“The scheme has been incredibly successful in the North-East and so it’s fantastic that businesses in Hambleton and across Yorkshire and the Humber will now be able to take advantage of it and bring in new ideas and talent with a minimum of risk and expense.”

More information is available at www.tees.ac.uk/business; 01642 384068 or business@tees.ac.uk ; or Hambleton.gov.uk; ian.hopley@hambleton.gov.uk; emma.snaith@hambleton.gov.uk; 01609 767151 or 01609 767058

Graduate scheme launched
Pictured are Julie Cole of Analox (seated) with, from left, Joanne Hughff from Teesside University; Ian Hopley, business and economy officer from Hambleton District Council and Coun Mark Robson, Leader of Hambleton District Council

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