Student jobs site aiming to reach a higher level

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A WEBSITE set up by two brothers to help students find one-off short-term jobs is going from strength to strength.

Andrew and Mike Howes started www.usefulstudents.com last October and have already promoted thousands of vacancies through the site.

The website helps people and companies get work done by putting them in touch with willing students who want to make some extra cash.

As previously reported in the YEP, the Harrogate-based brothers started out with a trial run in Edinburgh, their old university haunt, in January 2010 and its success spurred them on to launch in 22 cities nationally, including Leeds.

Now the duo are looking for investors to take their project to a higher level.

Mike Howes told the YEP: “It’s going very well. It’s been slightly quiet in terms of registrations because of exams and students finishing off the year but the jobs have kept pouring in.

“Every day there are new, very interesting jobs, everything from graphic design to waiting staff.”

The operation is paid for by advertising revenue rather than making students or job suppliers pay.

Every job put forward to the website is checked out and the site features guidelines for those taking short-term jobs in private homes.

Mr Howes said a lot of foreign students use the website because of the high cost of their education.

He said that over the summer the brothers will be “raising investment”.

He added: “There has been quite a lot of interest.

“There are a couple of big investors interested in putting a high amount in.”

Mr Howes said there would be further developments at the website over the next few months.

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