November 04, 2013

YouGov finds that graduates aren't "work-ready"

YouGov has found that half of the regular graduate employers in Britain are finding their recruits without the basic skills to cope under pressure. The polling of company leaders found that just under one in five businesses believe that graduates are "work-ready". Only 19% of business leaders said all or most graduate recruits were "work-ready". Read more in The Telegraph here.

Libby Purves in The Times then piled on the pressure when writing in The Times. She said:
"Two years ago a poll of big graduate recruiters such as HSBC, KPMG and Procter & Gamble also lamented a shortage of “employability skills”. Specific grumbles concerned lack of punctuality, commercial awareness and willingness to work within a system and a team."
She the concluded: "One way or another, we should ease that gap between education and the hard-nosed workplace." Another point: Figures from earlier in  2013 showed that almost one in 10 students – 26,000 – were left without a job or a further education course after graduating in summer 2012. Data showed that the unemployment rate jumped much higher at some universities, with 22.6 per cent of graduates without a job after leaving London South Bank university.

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