The link up will support the launch of Fairstone’s technology graduate pathways, which will provide a range of career options for computing graduates, from infrastructure and cyber security to software engineering, digital product analysis and design.
News of the partnership comes in National Careers Week, a countrywide initiative to highlight the links between educational courses and the workplace pathways that can open up.
Technology-leveraged business Fairstone, one of the UK’s fastest growing wealth management houses with more than 40 locations countrywide, is an engine room for developing youth talent. A large employer in the North East, Fairstone has regularly recruited graduates from Newcastle University and hopes this new partnership will forge further opportunities to develop graduate roles.
“As a business, we are committed to investing in and nurturing young talent. Over the past few years, we have been building links with universities across the region, bringing in graduates to support their development and giving them valuable industry experience and a crucial first step on their career ladder.
“In turn, this has opened up a strong pipeline of enterprising individuals who have the right skills, attitude and cultural fit for our business – over the past two years, one in five of new roles across multiple functions have been filled by graduates and we are looking to significantly grow that figure.
“We see this new partnership with Newcastle University playing an important part in that, supporting the high calibre of their business and computing graduates and providing relevant, real world employment opportunities at Fairstone.”
Fairstone already has a number of successful intern and graduate recruitment schemes across business accounting and financial management and this expansion into computing and information systems underpins the firm’s focus on technology and investment into grassroots talent.
“We’re delighted that Fairstone will support both the Business School and the School of Computing at Newcastle University for the next three years. Fairstone is very much a success story born in the North East, built on the sort of commercial knowledge and advanced technical skills that are taught and researched within the University.
“We aim to build relationships with great businesses like Fairstone that add value to the rich learning and research environment at Newcastle University, while also ensuring businesses can meet their own ambitions for growth and sustainability. We’re delighted to welcome them as a partner.”
As part of the partnership, Fairstone will also support the recognition of top performing students at the university’s Business School and School of Computing, through sponsoring a range of student awards
Dr Greg Ushaw, Director of Business and Engagement at Newcastle University’s School of Computing said: “The School of Computing is thrilled to continue working with Fairstone, and we very much welcome these prizes for our talented students. The agreement confirms the high quality of graduates in Computer Science and their ability and preparation for careers across all digital sectors.”
Fairstone Chief Technology Officer, Greg Horton, added: “As a technology-leveraged business, I am delighted to forge this new partnership with Newcastle University and build on the great work we have done to date, providing valuable inroads for talented graduates in the region and opening up exciting new career paths.”
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