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An innovative graduate training programme has taken on its second intake of trainees following a successful pilot scheme last year. 
Now Recruitment, which is based in Birmingham and has offices across the UK and Australia, completed its second round of interviews and assessments in December and has offered two trainees permanent positions at its Birmingham and Newcastle branches.
The scheme attracted a huge amount of interest with Now Recruitment receiving more than 150 applications from all over the world.
Now Recruitments Development Director Tracey Androlia says: Weve been delighted but not surprised by the level of interest our graduate scheme has received. 
Recruitment is a tough industry to get into without experience.  Our scheme offers not only the chance to get that experience but also a structured training programme so that our graduates develop the skills and confidence they need to build a successful career in the industry.
The new trainees took part in a month long induction and training programme at the beginning of the year where they were given instruction in all aspects of recruitment from basic telephone skills through to handling client meetings and taking references. 
They will continue to attend individual and group training sessions throughout their first year.
Now Recruitments trainees have the opportunity to specialise in one of the companys specific divisions Construction, Accountancy, Education, Trades and Labour, Mechanical and Electrical and Rail.
Since the launch of the scheme in September 2010 the company has taken on seven graduates who are based at branches in Birmingham, Newcastle, Cardiff and Edinburgh.
One of the first graduate trainees was Noreen Malik, who is currently working in the companys Birmingham branch in the Education division.
She says: The graduate scheme has been a really good launch pad into a career.  When we started out we didnt have any experience of working life, the training gave us really useful grounding, helping us to make that transition from being students to working in a professional environment. 
Once we had finished our initial training we were thrown in at the deep end and tasked with getting on the phones to begin to set up meetings and get to know potential clients.  Now, almost six months on Im feeling really confident in my role on the education desk and I have a clear idea of what I need to do in order to carve out a really great career for myself.
Now Recruitment is planning a third intake of graduate trainees in the summer.
Managing Director Gary Redman says:  We arent constrained by having a certain number of places to fill each year so any graduate coming to us with talent, a determination to work hard and succeed will be given the opportunity to work with us. 
This approach, and our training programme, has worked fantastically well so far. Our first intake of graduates are proving a real asset to the company already.  Were committed to continuing with the scheme and are looking forward to finding some of the industry stars of the future. 


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