Wolverhampton University’s BiG Scheme for Business
The University of Wolverhampton has recently attracted funding which will help businesses to inject some innovation into their companies.
A new scheme launched by the University plans to aid UK based businesses that are looking to create or develop a new product.
The ‘Business Interfacing Graduates’ (BiG) scheme is a way of bringing together new graduates with design and technology skills and businesses looking to develop a new product through a short-term, supervised work placement.
For a standard subsidised cost of £995 plus VAT, businesses benefit from a technical graduate placement dedicated to working on their design, simulation, and product or software development.
Graduates recruited to the scheme are based in a Wolverhampton Science Park office with supervision and mentoring by University academics and professional staff.
They will be paid through the WXP scheme, with placements typically lasting for around 6 weeks.
A successful BiG placement can also lead to other opportunities for collaboration within the University.
The graduates and staff involved are skilled to support developments in areas such as: Product Design, CAD, Mechanical Engineering, Simulation (Finite Element Analysis) and Prototyping (3D printing).
Professor Andrew Pollard, Director of the Caparo Innovation Centre at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, who is responsible for overseeing the scheme, said: “This is a pilot scheme and the number of placements we can offer is limited, but we’re already seeing a lot of demand from both companies and graduates.
“It promises to be a great way of helping companies innovate and at the same time opening up career possibilities for our graduates.”
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Date Issued: 8th March 2016