Held at the Liverpool Innovation Park (LIP) the event showcased several of the business support services from the University of Liverpool available to assist regional businesses with their growth. With a healthy turnout of local businesses there was plenty of networking going on!
Steve Wood spoke about how Graduate to Merseyside can help local companies recruit talented graduates for specific projects or full time positions and also access funding for training. In conjunction with the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), “Stepping Stones” provides up to £3,000 for any business that recruits a student or graduate through the Graduate to Merseyside service to be used on training for the graduate or company. Steve explained:
“It’s proven that Businesses have improved their bottom line after recruiting through Graduate to Merseyside and through ‘Stepping Stones’ businesses can also take advantage of up to £3,000 worth of training. This enables companies to train graduates in any areas they specifically need.”
As businesses grow and take on graduates for new roles, there is also a need for existing or new managers to take on extra responsibility. Programme Leader Richard Holloway and Dr. Lisa Anderson from the University of Liverpool Management School talked about Growth Catalyst, a leadership programme which responds to these needs and guides those in a position of leadership through a combination of coaching, action learning and a strong network of local managers. Richard commented:
“The Stepping Stones fund is a great opportunity for business to access high quality leadership training from the University through the ‘Growth Catalyst’ programme. When companies take on staff, they don’t always realise the extra responsibilities that managers face to guide them through their new role. This programme is a real opportunity for directors or staff taking on more responsibility to become truly confident managing their staff and more efficient in general”
Following the presentations there was ample opportunity to network and to speak directly to the Graduate to Merseyside and Growth Catalyst team.
We hope to see you at future events but in the meantime if you’d like to speak to one of the GtM team about recruiting graduates feel free to contact us at:
T: 0151 794 5112
T: 0151 7950558
Graduate to Merseyside and Growth Catalyst are both supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Department of Communities and Local Government.