Belfast Telegraph

Graduates a find GAP in market

By Clare Weir

Over half of the graduates coming through a Northern Ireland job scheme are gaining full time employment.

Business in the Community’s GAP (Graduate Acceleration Programme) has helped 60% of participants get on the ladder to future success.

GAP was developed in partnership with the Department for Employment and Learning, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster and aims to improve the employability of Northern Ireland’s graduates by matching them with appropriate graduate level placements in responsible organisations.

Lyndsey McKee, GAP programme manager, said: “We have now placed our 100th graduate and are delighted to see the real impact this is making in people’s lives.

“Graduates are gaining valuable experience by completing a specific project and developing personal skills and the businesses are benefiting from an influx of enthusiastic and bright individuals who bring a fresh perspective to their organisation.”

Belfast Telegraph