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University matches students with businesses to "Make Knowledge Work" in tough job market

19 January 10

The University of Bradford has launched an innovative Career Mentoring Scheme to improve student employability once they have graduated, and to provide an important opportunity engage with local businesses.

The scheme, now in its second successful year, is run by the University's Career Development Services. It offers current students a unique 'insider view' of the workplace, provides an insight into a job role and career path, and increases their knowledge of a specific industry. The scheme is designed to help improve the knowledge and career prospects of the University's students.

Mentors, which come from a range of business sectors, help develop the career ideas and plans of students. Local businesses involved this year include Hallmark Cards, Yorkshire Water and the Crown Prosecution Service.

The students meet with their mentors face to face, and may also receive advice and support via email and telephone. The scheme provides students with a mentor for between four and six months.

Head of Career and Development Services, Ron Harle, said: "The University of Bradford is committed to our mission of 'Making Knowledge Work'. This scheme proves to be a mutually rewarding experience for both the student and the mentor. In an extremely tough graduate labour market, it offers the students a chance to develop workplace knowledge, gain confidence and gives them a competitive edge."

Tamsin Cooper, from Drydens Lawyers in Bradford, is one of this year's mentors. She said: "It's an excellent opportunity to use your business, people and management skills to the benefit of the wider community and share your experience with enthusiastic and motivated students."

19 January 10

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