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‘Where are you now?’ asks Unlocking Potential ahead of 10-year anniversary

By WBCraig  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

Recent Unlocking Potential Graduate Placement Award Winners (credit Toby Weller)

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A GRADUATE business support program is searching for more than 1,000 graduates which it has helped over the past 10 years to find out what they are doing now.

Unlocking Potential (UP) launched the campaign last week to hunt for its alumni before its 10-year celebration on April 30.

UP now helps people and businesses develop and grow across the South West, with most of its support focused on Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The programme is funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) and is managed by Plymouth University and Cornwall College.

Before re-launching as Unlocking Potential in June 2013, Unlocking Cornish Potential has supported more than 1,000 graduates and 800 businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Allyson Glover, programme director, said: “Naturally, we are still in touch with many of the graduates, yet we also know that many have further developed their careers in and out of the county and we also know a good number of them have gone on to set up and grow their own businesses, some are even running those businesses they started with.

“We want to get in touch with as many as possible to understand where they are, what are their future plans, what advice would they have for their younger selves – and to invite them to our 10 year celebration.”

Mark Yeoman, Head of ESF Convergence Communication, said, “From the word go Unlocking Potential has been one of the most successful programmes to use our European investment.

“It has supported graduates and businesses and helped to drive up wages, skills, knowledge and commercial success.

“It has not only created more than 1000 jobs but has also highlighted the diversity of innovative businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”

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  • jazzykins  |  March 15 2014, 10:55AM

    Actually Unlocking Cornish Potential is seen as a joke among many local graduates like myself. Often applying for a job via UCP is a last resort and is also a very embarrassing route to take. I successfully developed my career without UCP and will not use them to recruit my marketing / design staff. The PR person who published this article is probably a UCP Graduate too..congrats on your career ;)

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