Boost your business with new Leeds Met scheme
The Business Enhancement Scheme was set up in response toincreasing strains faced by businesses in today's economic climate andallows recent graduates to work on specific projects, such as theintroduction of marketing or the development of IT systems, supported byan academic expert, where extra resource and creative solutions aresought quickly to support business growth.
Beata Olah, a 2009 graduate of Leeds University in ManagingPerformance, began a 16-week project at Leeds City Council in December2011 after searching for jobs in events management in the culturalindustries through the Graduates Yorkshire service. With academicsupport from Dr Emma Wood based at the UK Centre for Events Managementat Leeds Metropolitan, Beata is developing a cultural evaluation toolkitto capture and report on the impact of cultural activities in Leeds.The model will show the contribution of festivals and events to thelocal economy and communities and will be integrated into the Council'sfuture work.
Beata said: "At university I worked on research andevaluation projects focusing on arts and events management. I developed astrong background knowledge of the cultural industries and now I amputting that knowledge into practice. It is very interesting to see howthose tools and theories which I was researching during my studies canwork in practice in Leeds. I am gaining practical work experience whilstmaking contacts and, through Leeds Met, I can attend professionaldevelopment workshops, access online courses and can discuss my progresswith my Project Officer."
Graduates benefit from paid work experience and theopportunity for continued employment following the project. Schemes runfrom eight weeks to two years and are designed to be flexible around theemployer. For all schemes of six months or longer the business paysonly the direct employment-related costs with Leeds Metropolitan fundingthe cost of academic support and administration.
Simon Baldwin, Senior Business Development Manager at theUniversity, commented: "Universities have the ability to stimulateprivate sector growth and become a catalyst for business development. Ihave heard said many times, especially by small businesses owners, theywould like to employ more staff but can't afford the time, cope with thebureaucracy or take the risk of hiring someone now that they will haveto let go a few months later. The Business Enhancement Scheme minimisesrisk and red-tape for employers, enabling them to grow their workforceand business."