A York-based business has launched software that connects SMEs with university graduates.

Gradintelligence is the UK’s largest verified online talent platform and keeps the achievement data for more than 690,000 registered students.

The data comes directly from universities and contains both academic and non-academic achievements.

"Around 50 per cent of graduates would now consider a career in start-ups or SMEs, and many we’ve spoken to have a positive preference to work in a small, growing business where their efforts can make a tangible difference,” said Gradintelligence director Fraser Anderson.

"The current graduate recruitment market for SMEs is not good, and vast numbers of graduates in the UK are unable to find suitable positions due to the current failing processes."

"Each year, universities create an attractive potential workforce, but smaller companies often struggle to access this talent pool because they’re not familiar with university structures and processes.

"Our matching tool, which is the first of its kind in the UK, has been specifically designed for, and piloted by, smaller businesses. Over time, we expect that it will have a positive impact on regional economies by attracting and retaining emerging university talent."

Gradintelligence has contracts with 42 universities which use its Online Talent Matching Engine software.

The business has been based at York Science Park since 2014.

Tracey Smith, York Science Park chief executive, said: "Gradintelligence is a great example of a business using a new and innovative approach to modernise an existing market.

"The team is helping a wide range of businesses find their next team member and make use of information they would never previously have been able to access, and it’s brilliant to see other Science Park residents benefiting from their service, too.

"We actively encourage residents to engage and interact with each other, and it’s always rewarding to see it in action."

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