The Leader of Glasgow City Council, Gordon Matheson, launched the Commonwealth Graduate Fund, in November 2011, which will provide funding for 1,000 graduate jobs in the city.
Graduates can apply to register via this link: https://glasgow.mappit.org.uk/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2f. Firms should contact 0141 287 7282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.. Grants awarded under the initiative will cover 50% of actual salary costs for up to 12 months; the maximum amount payable is £10,000.
To be eligible to register graduates must:
- Live within the GCC Boundary
- Have been unemployed or underemployed post graduation for 13 weeks prior to application
- Have gained their graduate qualification after May 2009
- Have graduated with a degree level qualification and be seeking full time work relevant to that degree.
- Be legally entitled to work in the United Kingdom
The graduate jobs supported under the initiative will be based in the Glasgow area, although work outside the city is permitted as part of the normal duties of the post. Applications by firms should be in respect of additional posts that are to be filled within 3 months.
The initiative is targeted at Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) who employ fewer than 250 people. However, larger companies and new companies may be eligible and should contact 0141 287 7282 for further information. Firms in all sectors of industry and business will be considered, but the fund is not available to public sector organisations.
The jobs created using the funds must be additional to any other graduate recruitment currently undertaken by applicant organisations. Employers must pay at least the “Glasgow Living Wage”, currently £7.20 per hour and the jobs must be for at least 35 hours per week. Firms who have made, or are planning to make, redundancies may be excluded.
The scheme is already assisting firms to employ trainees. Heather McKendrick, the professional practice team and development officer at the Law Society, reports that one of the speakers at the University of Glasgow’s “Perseverance Pays” event was a trainee who had obtained his post through the scheme. This exciting initiative may give a much need boost to many more Glasgow graduates still “persevering” with their endeavours to start a legal careers.