Jobs success for Peterborough Graduate Scheme

Last week saw the completion of a 6-month graduate scheme, which aimed to inject fresh talent into some of Peterborough’s most pioneering companies.

The scheme, launched last September, recruited 11 graduates from across the country, including a successful candidate from the city’s own University Centre Peterborough (UCP), to work on the frontline of sustainability and innovation in Peterborough.

A range of local companies, including AB Agri and Redring Xpelair, created bespoke roles for each graduate, focused on increasing sustainability and efficiency within the business.

Six of the eleven graduates are now making arrangements to extend their contracts, whilst the others plan to use their experience to apply for jobs, some here in Peterborough.

The Peterborough Graduate Scheme is part of Peterborough DNA – the programme shaping a smarter and more sustainable city. Its aim is to demonstrate the impact that talented individuals can have on a business and reinforce the graduate presence in the city already being generated through UCP.

After completing his placement, graduate Timothy Wilson has been offered a permanent position at Lynch Wood based AB Agri, where he has been working on a research project examining its supply chain and how raw materials are sourced.

“AB Agri has been extremely supportive in allowing me to work above and beyond my role. I’ve had the opportunity to work within nearly every department of the company, alongside young professionals like myself up to director level.

“The Peterborough Graduate Scheme has provided me with the skills and experience needed to make the transition into the world of work, and I was delighted to be offered a full-time role within the company”.

Steve Bowyer, acting chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough and director of Peterborough DNA, said: “Part of Peterborough DNA’s objective is to develop future skills to put Peterborough in the best possible position to take advantage of emerging markets, and it’s fantastic to hear so many of our graduates have been asked to extent their contracts in order to help meet the local business demand here in Peterborough.”

The Peterborough Graduate Scheme was delivered in partnership by Opportunity Peterborough, Peterborough City Council, University Centre Peterborough and Change Agents UK. The companies involved were: Redring Xpelair, AB Agri, Premier Kitchens & Bedrooms, Skanska, Peterborough Environment City Trust, Webroster, Athene Communications, The Green Backyard, Cross Keys Homes, Queensgate, and Amey.

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