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Caithness News Bulletins March 2004
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS FOR GRADUATES AND EMPLOYERS
Graduates and employers in Caithness and Sutherland are to be given the chance to get together and discuss opportunities which will be to their mutual benefit.
Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) is organising a Graduate Fair to be held in Thurso Town Hall on Tuesday 6th April, from 1pm – 5pm, in an effort to match the skills of recent and prospective graduates with the requirements of local employers.
The date has been chosen so that it will coincide with students being at home in the area for the Easter holidays, and also to give local employers an opportunity to plan their recruitment for summer starting dates.
Olivia Cooper, HR Manager at AEA Battery Systems, said “Graduates are the life - blood of any successful business, and Battery Systems is no exception. We firmly believe that it is important to capture 'talent' early on in an individual's career and it is therefore vital to provide both a challenging and rewarding Graduate training programme which will stimulate the potential of these future managers. This year we have employed 5 Graduates from various disciplines ranging from Electronics Design Engineers, Accounting, English and Business Studies.”
As well as employment opportunities the graduate fair will also highlight opportunity for self-employment. Advisors from CASE, Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) and PICT will be on-hand for those who wish to find out more about running their own business. Ian Thomson of CASE said “We are keen to encourage business start-up from graduates who have up-to-date skills and expertise as well as the enthusiasm needed to run and manage a small business.”
Both local UHI Millennium Institute research institutes will be represented providing information on opportunities for post graduate study. Representatives of the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) and the Decommissioning Environmental Remediation Centre (DERC) will be there to offer advice and guidance on studentships available this year. George Reeves the newly appointed Director of DERC said “We at the DERC, in North Highland College and the UHI Millennium Institute are able to provide training and research capability in the areas of nuclear decommissioning and environmental remediation, as well as science and technology."
According to Carol Gunn of Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise, “One of our key strategic aims is to improve the operation of the labour market and by enabling our new graduates to see opportunities in their local area, we hope that there will be a win/win for businesses and individuals. Market research has shown clearly that there is demand from both employers and graduates, and this Fair aims to bring the two sides of the equation together.”