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600th Graduate Placed at the Liverpool City Region LEP

The Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, the City Region's primary economic development company, recruits University of Liverpool Geography graduate Jonathon Clark as a Graduate Research Assistant, our 600th graduate into employment!

Pictured L-R: Alan Welby, Jonathon Clark, Simon Reid & Steve Wood.


The University of Liverpool’s Graduate to Merseyside service has once again hit another major milestone, placing its 600th graduate into employment.


The organisation responsible for this feat is the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) who recruited University of Liverpool Geography graduate Jonathon Clark to work on an important research project to evaluate the economic impact of shale gas exploration in the Liverpool City Region. With proven research skills within an award winning recycling social enterprise he was perfect for the role.


The Liverpool City Region LEP is City Region’s primary economic development company, and the most innovative of its kind in the country.With a private sector led Board and leaders representing the six Local Authority areas of HaltonKnowsley,LiverpoolSeftonSt Helens and Wirral, together with its 450-plus members the LEP is driving forward greatly accelerated economic growth.


This is the third graduate that the LEP has recruited successfully through Graduate to Merseyside and Advanced Manufacturing Sector Manager Simon Reid is delighted with the quality of the graduates provided and is looking forward to Johnathon’s impact in his new role:


“This is the second time I have used Graduate to Merseyside at the LEP and I have to say that I have been incredibly impressed with the quality of candidates submitted and how easy it is to use the service. I am really looking forward to Jonathan getting started as I am sure he will be a great asset to us here at the LEP”


Jonathan is extremely pleased with the service and his new role:


“Graduate to Merseyside provided a first class service which enabled me to market myself to prospective employers effectively, as well as steering me towards work with the LEP. I now work with the LEP as a Graduate Research Assistant applying the knowledge and transferrable skills from my degree to a project which could benefit the region with millions of pounds of revenue and hundreds of new jobs.”


Alan Welby, Executive Director of the LEP, is very pleased with the calibre of graduates available in the region:


"The Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership is happy to support students on their path into work. This is our third placement and we look forward to working with Jonathon. Our  two previous placements, Victoria and Gavin, were excellent, hard working and contributed a great deal. Working with Graduate Merseyside could not have been easier."


Steve Wood, Project Manager for Graduate to Merseyside, adds:


“Placing our 600th graduate is great achievement and a credit to the team.  We’re pleased that our support is benefitting the Liverpool City Regional LEP and the hundreds of other companies across Merseyside that have recruited graduates and created jobs through the service. This demonstrates the importance of retaining the best graduate talent in the area for the benefit of Merseyside businesses.”


For further details on how the Liverpool City Region LEP can support your business please visit: http://www.liverpoollep.org/


Graduate to Merseyside, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), provides a free high quality graduate recruitment service for businesses across Merseyside. If you need any further details please contact the team on 0151 794 5112, email gradopps@liv.ac.uk or visit our website:www.graduatetomerseyside.co.uk.




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