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The team at Gradplus are pleased to provide you with coverage of the key issues and stories in the graduate sector.


Cosmetics giant looking for new army of graduates

Graduates are increasingly resorting to door-to-door selling as they struggle to land a full-time job, according to new research.

Cosmetics giant Avon has suggested that some firms who utilise direct selling have witnessed a 200 per cent rise in applications as university leavers struggle with the jobs market at present. read more...


Great-grandad becomes Britain's oldest graduate at 87

An 87-year-old man from Hampshire has become Britain's oldest-ever graduate, it emerged yesterday (July 28th).

Great-grandad Bill Eaton left school without any qualifications at the age of 14 but decided to embark on a distance learning course in 2004, the Daily Mirror reports. read more...


Classics graduates 'are attractive to employers'

Classics graduates should remain positive in the tough jobs market at present as a number of career routes are open to them, according to one expert.

According to the Guardian, only 51.6 per cent of 2008 classics graduates were in jobs six months after leaving university, compared to 61.5 per cent of those with other degrees. read more...


Graduates set to receive charity's teacher training scheme

A scheme designed to turn graduates into first-class trainee teachers is arriving at a West Midlands university for the first time, the Coventry Telegraph reports.

Education charity Teach First has joined forces with Warwick University to deliver a leadership-based training programme for graduates starting teaching placements in September. read more...


University 'offers no job guarantees' for graduates

Securing a degree does not necessarily provide graduates with greater job prospects, it was suggested yesterday (July 27th).

Writing for the Yorkshire Post, Baron Phil Willis admitted that graduates are still "more employable" than those who choose not to attend university. read more...


Betfair planning to expand graduate programme

University leavers have received a boost after the world's largest internet betting exchange revealed that it is looking to take on more graduates. read more...


Graduates are 'overqualified and undervalued by employers'

Graduates are boasting increasingly impressive qualifications but are still struggling to be recognised by employers, according to new research.

A study conducted by MyWorkSearch revealed that over half of unemployed Britons will be faced with six months or greater without a job, with 30 per cent left without work for 12 months. read more...


Tory official 'rules out' graduate tax

The coalition government will reject proposals for a graduate tax, according to a new report published today (July 21st).

Last week, business secretary Vince Cable threw his weight behind the plan to alter tuition fee payment to "variable graduate contributions tied to earnings". read more...


Graduates 'need more apprenticeships' to choose niche professions

Graduates should be given more opportunities to gain experience of specialist professions, it has been suggested.

The coalition government has announced that it intends to expand apprenticeships at Level 3 and above, while also improving progression routes from foundation levels. read more...


NUS welcomes Cable's graduate tax backing

A leading education union has welcomed Vince Cable's support for the controversial graduate tax initiative.

In a speech at South Bank University last week, the business secretary gave his backing to changing tuition fee payment to "variable graduate contributions tied to earnings". read more...

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