Cofunds is piloting a graduate and school leaver apprenticeship scheme in order to bring new talent into the industry.
The scheme, which launched this month in partnership with the Anglia Ruskin University, has already employed two graduates currently undergoing a training programme within the sales and HR departments before being placed in permanent roles within the firm.
Later this month, the platform will take on five undergraduates for four to six week work experience placements across departments including finance, operations, IT and marketing.
On completion of the placement, Cofunds will sponsor the students for a proportion of their final year university fees. Following graduation they will be offered employment at the platform.
Cofunds will also be taking on up to two school leavers this year within HR, with a view to taking on a further six next year.
"Young people are a valuable asset who can bring a fresh level of enthusiasm and creativity into the business," said human resources director Vivienne Hole.
"With tuition fees and youth unemployment figures on the rise, we're pleased to be launching these schemes, which aim to seek out motivated and talented young people who may struggle to begin their careers without additional support in these tough times."
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