If you follow @unravellingtech you may have noticed our tweets about RISE, a Sheffield based initiative to help businesses and graduates come together. Aimed at small and medium sized enterprises, the scheme intends to make the process of employing University leavers easier for companies while helping graduates get into employment.
RISE grew from a partnership between Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Sheffield in an attempt to take advantage of the 19,000 graduates the city produces every year. We employ graduates at BirchenallHowden and it was a pleasure to be asked to feature in a case study for RISE to explain the benefits that both parties have received. Neal Stirk joined the company three and a half years ago, and it's great to know he recognises the positive aspects of working in a small business, saying:
You get to learn so much in a short space of time. I’ve gained a wide range of knowledge and experiences in ICT both within the company itself and through spending time with a very wide array of clients.
You can read more from Neal and other graduate case studies on the RISE website.
A Lot To Offer
I am a big supporter of the scheme and believe that graduates have a lot to offer SMEs. One of the benefits of running a business in Sheffield is the availability of IT graduates and previous experience suggests that graduates come to the job market with excellent life experience, and their courses tend to fit well with what we do as a company.
We're looking forward to seeing more talent retained in Sheffield via this scheme.
You can read the full article on the RISE website here.