Avecto has bolstered its local recruitment drive with the launch of a new graduate scheme as it continues with its ambitious growth plans.

The company is actively recruiting computer science and IT graduates for roles including software development and product testing, as part of the expansion of its in-house R&D team.

The interview process at Avecto isn't a traditional one. Graduates who displayed the skills and enthusiasm at a recent recruitment fair were invited to a pizza and FIFA night at the company's offices, resulting in the appointment of five recruits. Graduates will now take part in the senior development team mentoring scheme where they will develop their skills through shadowing on project work.

Avecto is actively looking for development and sales graduates through the new scheme who will contribute to developing and testing the company's innovative security solutions.

Paul Kenyon, EVP Global Sales at Avecto said: "We want to continue to build links with local universities as it is vitally important to the future of Northern businesses that we encourage talented graduates to stay in the region.

"We're looking for both skill and enthusiasm in equal measure- as well as those who share a passion for innovation. We're particularly keen to expand our product development team as this is the driving force behind our success. In return we provide the training, support and global opportunities to help our people build their career with us."

Rachel Mutters, careers manager at The University of Manchester said: "Once students leave university, it's important that they transfer their academic qualification into workplace competencies and develop their practical skills. Graduate schemes like this are a fantastic way for newly qualified students to kick start their career and it's encouraging to see local tech firms taking advantage of the intelligent and enthusiastic graduates on their doorstep."