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For those of you who attended the Microsoft Student Accelerator Showcase back in March, you had a first-hand look of how Microsoft is helping students make their mark in the IT industry. The programme is focussed on inspiring students into the IT world by placing them with companies over the summer to work on innovative software projects.

We are excited to introduce the summer 2015 wave of the programme. We already have more than 2,000 students registered for the pre-programme training over the next four months, so we are now accepting employer registrations. This is a chance for your organisation to take on a group of three highly motivated students for 10 weeks over the summer.

If you have an idea that you want to test, a cloud project you want to pilot or maybe a new app idea, then this is the perfect opportunity to work with new talent and also broaden the focus within your business. This programme is designed to help students build contacts and skills, while empowering companies to innovate. Find out more here and then sign up today!

 
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