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Lucy Paine is Catalyst Programme Manager at the Sussex Innovation Centre. Launched in 2014, the Catalyst scheme provides a unique opportunity for Sussex graduates and placement year students to work with a range of local businesses. The scheme is the first of its kind in the UK, was nominated as one of the most innovative projects at the 2017 UK Science Park awards.
The team have worked on more than 500 projects for more than 150 clients, creating many new jobs and industry placements in the process. Graduates on the scheme gain experience of real, meaningful work in a range of different roles and company cultures, learning more about themselves and their future ambitions. Many of them have gone on to work full-time for one of the clients they have supported during their year’s placement.
Over the past three and a half years, Lucy has trained, mentored and overseen teams of young people working alongside senior staff at the Centre, offering practical support projects for busy, growing start-ups