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Fresh talent to help businesses beat the recession

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About Business First

Business First was a project that helped businesses tackle the challenges of the recession by making the most of talented graduates. The graduates received intensive employability training before they were placed with a local business, where they in turn benefited from valuable hands on experience and a great first step towards their future careers.

Business First was launched in May 2009 with a grant from Higher Education Funding Council for England and was run by Canterbury Christ Church University, in partnership with the Universities of Kent, Greenwich and the Creative Arts.

The business' point of view
"We have had an excellent experience with the Business First project and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to other businesses."
Olivia Wilkes,
Creative Foundation

The Creative Foundation, a regeneration charity based in Folkestone, took on a Canterbury Christ Church graduate. Olivia Wilkes explains:

"There are many business benefits to having a graduate on placement with us. They bring a fresh perspective on our activities that can be extremely valuable. They are full of ideas and enthusiasm and often more up to date with recent technological innovations."

The graduate's point of view
"I am really eager to help the company in whatever way I can and am glad to bring a different point of view."
Gregory Mutyambizi
Business First participant

Gregory Mutyambizi, a Business and Marketing graduate has found working with the Creative Foundation highly valuable. He explains:

"It has helped me to gain experience at a time when graduates are finding it very difficult due to the economic climate. I have learned to handle myself in a very active workplace and think the experience will make a real difference to my future job applications."

Benefits of taking a graduate placement
  • Talented graduates who have been prepared for the work place so they can hit the ground running
  • Additional capacity through challenging financial periods
  • Knowledgeable and enthusiastic new staff members
  • Opportunity to support young people and the local economy
Want to know more?

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