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Graduate Fashion Week have announced a project with could help students and graduates finding themselves hampered by the recession.

The Protégé Project debuts this summer and will offer 2009 graduates a chance to work on a placement at companies like Asos, Mulberry and Elle Magazine as well as GFW sponsor River Island. Terry Mansfield, the chairman of GFW, announced: "I truly believe we have a duty to do everything we can to channel today's skills into real jobs ensuring that the world's best graduate talent is utilised in a way to benefit not only the graduate, but also the UK's creative economy. This short term contract would give a graduate the most invaluable work experience and gives them something really tangible when moving on to find a full time job."