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Graduate employability  Scheme to boost graduate employability re-launches

The University of Salford’s (UK)  Graduate Gateway scheme will be running again at the beginning of February, providing intensive skills coaching to boost employment prospects to any North-West-based graduates.

The three-day course takes place on the 1-3 February 2012 with 25 free spaces.  Based at the University, the graduates, who must be unemployed or ‘under-employed’, will receive coaching from business experts in skills such as presenting, building their personal brand and will take part in intensive workshops.

One of the highlights of the scheme is a day of leadership training run by the Army at a centre in Hulme.

The Graduate Gateway has been running for Salford graduates since 2009, funded by the European Social Fund , but is now open to a wider pool of people as the University believes it can help boost regional skills in a difficult jobs market.

Mary Macfarlane from the University’s Careers Service explained: "We recognise that many graduates are unemployed or ‘underemployed’ – working in roles not suited to their skills.

"This scheme provides a solid grounding in skills such as leadership and communications and practical job-seeking skills to help the participants get onto the career ladder.”

One such graduate is Chris Burrows. "I've ended up working for 5live on Breakfast Show,” he said. "It’s directly linked to the contacts I made during the Graduate Gateway and further networking I did. I had a few offers from the Gateway networking event and I definitely chose the right one.”

Applications are now open and the deadline for to the Graduate Gateway is 25 January.  For the full criteria and to apply go to

This is part of broader partnership project supported by the European Social Fund, which includes nine partner universities. More information about this partnership is available online at: