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Tech partnership Graduate Trainee Scheme launched

An initiative to place unemployed computer science graduates into short-term roles in east London is unveiled

Tech Partnership has launched the Graduate Trainee Scheme to help unemployed computer science graduates fill short-term roles in east London.

Tech Partnership is a network of employers that aim to create the skills needed to grow the global digital economy. 

Supported by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the scheme aims to connect East End technology companies with talented computer science graduates looking to start their careers. 

According to the National Centre for Universities and Business, 13% of computer science students are still unemployed six months after graduating, compared with an average of 8% across all subjects.

The scheme offers up to £1,500 for technical training in an area of the company's choosing to ensure the graduate is fully ready on their first day.

Participating employers have said they are interested in hiring graduates for a period of three to six months, to either help with an existing team or deliver a short-term project. The scheme also provides the employer with guidance on how to ensure the trainee is productive as quickly as possible. At the end of the placement the employer can choose to hire the graduate on a longer term basis.

Louise Brennan, programme manager for the Graduate Trainee Scheme, said: “The scheme is a fantastic opportunity for companies to bring in highly skilled grads to help cope with additional workloads.

“It will also give computer science graduates valuable experience in the world-leading Tech City, which will set them apart from other candidates when applying for their next role.”

Hang Ho, head of Europe, Middle-East and Africa at the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, said: “JPMorgan is delighted to be supporting the programme, as it provides the link between graduates who find it difficult to obtain their first role and companies looking to secure fresh talent to boost their business.”

In July 2014, the Tech Partnership landed an £18m investment from the government to bolster the UK’s digital skills development through education and skills opportunities. The investment was used to launch The Tech Partnership Training Fund.

As of January 2015, The Tech Partnership Training Fund claimed it would reach around 6,000 people in more than 500 companies over the next 18 months.

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