First fully-operational graduate recruitment and development programme

Dear Knowsley Business,

We wanted to share with you details of an exciting new graduate scheme for the Liverpool City Region.

Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and run by a Project Team based at the University of Liverpool and Edge Hill, the chief aim of the LCR Grad Scheme is to create a strong pipeline of graduates into local SME’s, retaining graduate talent in the Liverpool City Region.

We will be the first fully-operational graduate recruitment and development programme for the entire City Region, and one that stands out as a national example of post-Covid recovery initiatives.

In short, the funding and the Project Team will support SMEs with the attraction, recruitment and early-career development of a graduate. Applicants for the graduate scheme will receive training post-offer, but also pre-application guidance to improve performance throughout the recruitment process.

If you would like to hear more about this initiative, please visit the University of Liverpool’s Employer Connections Page. If you could also complete a short survey, which will take no more than a couple of minutes:

Through effective collaboration across HEIs, SMEs and business support services, we are confident that in the coming years, this initiative has huge potential to improve graduate talent retention and business growth in our City Region. We look forward to working with you to achieve this.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch with Project Manager Kerry McElroy (

Careers & Employability | University of Liverpool
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