BUSINESS and IT consultant Waterstons has done its bit to reverse the brain drain by recruiting six high-flying graduates of North universities.
It has also taken on Year in Industry student Kate Walker, who is working for the Durham firm in her gap year before going on to York University.
Daniel Halliday, Rob Colclough and Alex Bookless earned first-class honours degrees at Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham Universities respectively.
All three previously worked for Waterstons as part of the Year in Industry scheme, through which the company has employed gap year students since 1998. The scheme gives students invaluable work experience and improves their employability after university.
Of the other three graduates employed, Ryan Crimmins studied at Durham University; Andrew Quinn at Newcastle University and James Alderson at Sheffield Hallam.
Waterstons human resources manager Clare Henderson said: “We are thrilled to have such a high-calibre graduate team joining us this year and are continuing to work closely with the top North-East universities so that we can play our part in retaining talent in the region.”
The students are joining Waterstons’ business applications and managed services teams and many will be dealing with clients from day one.
They will also have the opportunity to study for professional qualifications from bodies such as Prince2, Microsoft and Cisco.
Alex Bookless said: “My Year in Industry gave me the self confidence, determination and skills needed to be highly successful at university, enabling me to gain awards for high performance in all three years of my degree.”