Mel Is Designing Herself A Great Career

The second group of local graduates from St Helens Chamber’s Graduate Hub have recently come to the end of their six month placements and are going on to secure exciting permanent positions.

Mel Cox is one of four other Graduates from her group to be offered a permanent position following on from the initial six months.

Despite graduating from Salford University with a First Class honors degree in Graphic Design, Mel struggled to find work so turned to the Chamber for support, joining the Graduate Hub in January.

Mel commented: “I found the Graduate Hub really helpful. The interview techniques in particular were useful in terms of getting me prepared for the interview stage.

“The Chamber contacted a lot of employers that I wouldn’t have thought to approach myself whilst job searching.

“I’d definitely recommend the programme as it helped me to get the job I wanted in the same subject I studied.”

Following on from three weeks of full time training at St Helens Chamber, Mel was interviewed by Spectrum Sign and Display Ltd and offered a placement as a Graphic Designer.

Julian Robinson, Director of Spectrum Sign and Display Ltd, said: “I was contacted by the Chamber who made me aware of the graduate scheme. Previous apprenticeship schemes provided by the chamber had proved successful, so the new scheme was certainly of interest.”

“Having interviewed Mel, her design ability was evident and it seemed like she could fit well within our design team.”

“There are significant costs associated with recruitment, therefore the scheme appealed to us as it gave us the opportunity to develop and assess Mel’s skill base over a six month period but without a costly introduction fee.”

Following on from the initial six months, Mel was offered a permanent position at Spectrum, working as one of four Graphics Designers.

The Chamber’s Graduate Hub allows businesses to take on graduates on a six month training placement to ensure a good fit before offering a permanent position. All graduates on the programme are paid at national minimum wage with half of the wage being met by the Chamber, thanks to funding from the European Social Fund.

The Graduate Hub is part of the Access to Work programme, which is funded by the Youth Employment Initiative and the European Social Fund. It aims to help match local graduates looking for employment with local businesses, trying to fill skills gaps.

The next programme will be starting on the 23rd October in Liverpool.

For more information about the Graduate Hub contact Starting Point on 01744 698800, email info@thestartingpoint.org or visit www.sthelenschamber.com/startingpoint/services-for-young-people/the-graduate-hub

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