Let’s keep graduates in Portsmouth, says council leader

Graduates in Portsmouth in summer last year
Graduates in Portsmouth in summer last year
  • Solent LEP to employ inward investment manager
  • They will market the area to businesses
  • Aim is to keep more graduates in the local area
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A CAMPAIGN is under way to keep University of Portsmouth graduates in the city.

To help, the city is being marketed to businesses with the hope they will provide the necessary jobs.

We don’t retain a high enough percentage of the graduates in the city and that’s because we don’t have enough graduate jobs

Councillor Donna Jones

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership is working to recruit an inward investment manager to help encourage more businesses to have a base in Portsmouth.

Councillor Donna Jones is the leader of Portsmouth City Council and is on the board of the LEP.

She said: ‘We have got some very skilled employers around here but it’s about matching them up with the courses being run at the university.

‘The university is very important to us.

‘The government has a clear vision of where it is going in terms of trying to market Britain as a manufacturing country.

‘To be able to play a key part in that we need to be having companies that are employing highly skilled graduates.’

Cllr Jones said it’s an important new role.

‘They will be working to market the Solent to businesses around the UK,’ she added.

‘It’s about marketing certain the area to certain parts of the world such as China.

‘We don’t retain a high enough percentage of the graduates in the city and that’s because we don’t have enough graduate jobs.

‘We need to be working with the engineering companies.

‘The university wants to increase the student numbers up to 26,000 in the next few years.

‘We have got more student accommodation being built in the city. So we need to keep the students here.’

A University Technical College is due to open in the city in September 2017. It will offer an alternative education route for youngsters interested in the world of engineering.