GRADUATES from Pendle can take advantage of a new scheme to get into work.

Pendle Council has launched the scheme linking graduates and local firms.

It is part of a £340,000 investment in jobs in Pendle by the council, and will offer six to 12-month placements across a range of businesses, with starting salaries of £16,000.

Council leader, Coun Joe Cooney, said: “We are putting a lot of energy into linking businesses and organisations with talented graduates who might otherwise have to leave the area to find work.

“This new scheme is a vital part of the £340,000 we’re investing in jobs, and in our economy, as part of our Gearing up for Growth initiative.”

The council launched the initiative at Concept4, a marketing agency on the Lomeshaye Industrial Estate, Nelson.

It was one of the first companies to get involved.

Now the council is seeking more companies to become involved.

For information, call Roger Plum at the council on 01282 877353, or email