SIR Alex Ferguson has backed a scheme to help Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) graduates get a foot on the career ladder in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The university has launched MINT (Mentoring, Internships, Networking and Talks) in a bid to give its upcoming 5000 graduates the best possible chance of securing employment.

The programme has been established with a £200,000 pot of philanthropic support from the former Manchester United manager and marks the launch of an appeal to raise funds to ensure as many new graduates as possible can benefit from the scheme The internship part of the programme offers new graduates the opportunity to gain paid industry experience within an SME, voluntary organisation or a company where GCU alumni are employed.

Sir Alex Ferguson said: “I have always been a champion of providing opportunities to young people and through this initiative I hope to give new graduates a helping hand to boost their employability as they enter a particularly challenging job market.”

Honorary graduate actor Martin Compston has also backed the scheme.