A SCHEME to help ­graduates into jobs is to be extended.

Adopt an Intern has found 700 graduates paid placements since 2010, with around 85 per cent going on to find permanent employment.

The further investment of £427,000 from the Scottish Government is expected to support 230 graduates into positions relevant to their level of qualification over the next year.

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Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women's Employment, said: "Hands-on experience at a business, large or small, will help develop new skills while giving graduates the necessary experience of a modern workplace.

"This kind of exposure will help our talented and enthusiastic university ­leavers successfully find sustainable employment in their chosen career path."