#INLEEDSDAY2017 to launch with support from Northern Powerhouse Minister

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#INLEEDSDAY2017, an initiative that aims to support graduate retention across Leeds, has attracted support from Jake Berry, the Northern Powerhouse Minister.

The project will bring together university students on 28 November to visit a variety of businesses across the city. During the one-day event students from three of the city’s universities – University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Trinity University – will learn about the range of sectors and graduate roles that are available locally.

Delivered by Ahead Partnership, a social enterprise that provides students with business-inspired learning to build aspiration and potential, the tour of businesses will include PwC, Sky Bet, Leeds City Council, Epiphany, The Tetley, DLA Piper, FDM Group, aql, Sagar Wright, KPMG and the Department for Work and Pensions.

More than 80 students are expected to attend the first event with a second event due to be held in February 2018. The events are co-funded by the universities, PwC and Leeds City Council and are also part of the FutureJobs programme, a service from aspire-igen, Leeds City Region LEP, the Education & Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.

Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry said: “The quality of life in the north of England is second to none. By advertising the wide range of great graduate jobs available, we can attract and retain the brightest and best graduates, which is key to the growth and success of our Northern Powerhouse economy. Leeds is a thriving city with excellent colleges and universities. I fully support the #INLEEDSDAY project and its connecting of graduates with a diverse set of employers offering high level graduate jobs as well as invaluable training and networking opportunities.”

The students will also take part in a competition across the day centred around ‘Diversity in the Leeds City Region’, creating their own innovative ideas on how to attract and retain graduates in the region and then pitching them to industry professionals. The competition will help them develop their network, learn more about enterprise opportunities in the region and meet potential employers within a diverse range of industries.

Countering any suggestion that post-graduates have to leave the North in order to develop an exciting and successful career, Stephanie Burras CBE, Chief Executive of Ahead Partnership comments: “The North has a host of excellent and award-winning universities which attract large volumes of domestic and international students. The knowledge, skills and ambition represented by this pool of student talent could be utterly transformational to the economy of the North. This project is designed to help students to connect to employers in the immediate locality who can offer careers and opportunities that match students’ aspirations.

“We would like to thank all of the businesses that have shown their support and given up their time to collaborate on this project with the city’s universities working together to bring this opportunity to their students.”

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