Heriot-Watt University has teamed up with a range of businesses on an initiative designed to help mitigate the Covid-19-related challenges faced by this year’s graduates.
The Future Made For Success programme bids to cultivate business talent with the requisite skills to help deliver an inclusive economic recovery in the post-pandemic world.
The venture comes as the scale of the challenge becomes clear, with Prospects – the graduate jobs website – reporting that well over a quarter of students leaving university have had job offers withdrawn or put on hold.
Other employers have yet to resolve their recruitment plans for the year – for many small and medium-sized enterprises, the proposition is simply untenable.
Thus, Future Made For Success, and the early signing up of business partners including Santander, James Dyson Foundation, Schneider, Dar Group, and Cisco.
Postgrads are invited to apply for a range of industry-sponsored scholarships – worth 30% of tuition fees – to back their studying one of 30 MSc courses, including A.I., robotics, renewable energy engineering, and data science.
“Our industry partners are ready to share valuable knowledge and expertise with our graduate attendees, while benefiting from the creativity and innovative ideas that our students bring,” said Dr Gill Murray, Heriot-Watt’s deputy principal for enterprise and business.
“The enterprise development programme will teach recent graduates about the commercial feasibility of solutions, develop their understanding of business operations, and enhance their knowledge of sales, intellectual property and finance.
“With a focus on talent and innovation as key drivers for recovery, the university aims to actively address post-Covid-19 socio-economic challenges and propel long-term sustainable growth.”
Robyn Gilmour is head of marketing, business development and communications at Dar UK, one of the project’s industry partners. The initiative, he said, “provides graduates with a coveted opportunity to present their work to companies and investors – while interacting closely with business – through receiving industry mentorship and tackling real world challenges, building valuable networks and making connections.
“[It] will help equip business leaders of the future with the skills and knowledge needed to drive innovation and growth following the global pandemic.
“Students will be better positioned than ever to drive forward their careers in industry.”
For further information about the programme, including details about scholarships, please visit hw.ac.uk/fmfs