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Step Summer Programme

Are your student kids coming home for the summer and would like a Step summer placement?

University students and recent graduates in the Highlands and Islands are being offered a great opportunity to boost their job prospects, through an eight-week work placement during the summer holidays. If you have family or friends who would like to work in the Highlands this summer, please let them know about the programme.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is supporting the Step Summer Placement Programme - a UK-wide national placement programme - by subsidising 25 student placements with dynamic, innovative small businesses across the region this summer.

As well as being paid £210 a week during the placement, participating students have a chance to access short training courses and enter a regional competitions which offer cash prizes.
The scheme is this year open to all current degree study students.

Ruth Sime, a senior development manager with HIE said: "This is a great opportunity for students to gain industry experience and for small businesses to get a committed member of staff over the summer at a subsidised rate. We want to hear from students and graduates keen to take part.

"Some typical placements in the past have involved the design and implementation of websites, marketing plans, reviewing and setting up systems, environmental audits, analysis of production methods or accountancy systems, and design of new production concepts.

"Evidence shows that industry experience counts very highly in employers' recruiting decisions so it will be a real bonus for graduates to be able to include these placements in their CVs."

For more information on the scheme go to the Step website. Alternatively students can directly contact the following people who are involved with the programme:

Highlands, Argyll, Moray and Orkney - contact Karen Darke karen@inspireandimpact.com

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