Graduate transition into work: the bridging role of graduate placement programmes in the small- and medium-sized enterprise workplace

Gallagher, Pádraig (2013) Graduate transition into work: the bridging role of graduate placement programmes in the small- and medium-sized enterprise workplace. Journal of Education and Work. pp. 1-20. ISSN 1363-9080

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Abstract

This research looks at the role of graduate placement programmes in bridging the gap between higher education and the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector. The research design and methodology used in this study was exploratory, in-depth and qualitative in nature. The research took the form of a multiple case study and focused on seven graduates with an engineering, science or technology background who have worked with SMEs. The graduates were employed by companies participating in the Fusion programme, a graduate placement and knowledge transfer programme currently running in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (the UK). The study shows that graduate placement programmes such as Fusion can help graduates in their transition to the SME workplace, but the impact can vary according to the individual placement context. Implications for policy and future research are considered.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 15:50
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 15:52
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2317

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