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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.


Public sector applications 'rising fast'

An increasing number of university leavers are applying for roles on public sector management training schemes, it has been reported.

The Times reports that the NHS has seen an 83 per cent rise in applications for its graduate programme, while applications to the Civil Service Fast Stream have risen by a third. read more...


Local government 'hiring graduates in 2009'

Positions for 2009 are available in the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) for local government, it has been reported.

Graduates interested in working in the public sector may be interested in the scheme, which offers a two-year training programme geared at fast-tracking university leavers into council roles, reports the Times. read more...


Government 'crackdown' on boring teachers

Uninspiring teachers are to be targeted by Ofsted as part of new government attempts to improve achievement in the education system, it has been reported.

The chief inspector of schools, Christine Gilbert, says Ofsted inspectors will be asked to assess why pupils are not paying attention in class and how improvements can be made. read more...


Public sector 'more attractive' for jobseekers

Employment in the public sector is seen as "more attractive" than the private sector in the current economic climate, it has been claimed. read more...


Graduate jobs 'potential' in child care

Every nursery in the UK may be required to offer graduate employment opportunities as the government attempts to improve daycare qualification levels, it has been reported.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families is considering a plan to have a graduate placed in every early years centre by 2015, according to Nursery world. read more...


City workers 'turning to graduate jobs in teaching'

City workers are increasingly looking on teaching as a "safe port in the storm", according to the head of the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).

John Connolly commented that many former finance workers had decided upon career changes over the last few years, with many keen "to give something back". read more...


Graduates jobs available in the NHS

The National Health System (NHS) will offer around 250 graduate training scheme places to its 2009 intake, it has been reported.

University leavers will be taken on in four different areas - finance, general management, human resources and informatics, reports the Times. read more...


'Increased demand' for graduate jobs in public sector

An increase in the number of university leavers seeking graduate jobs in the public sector has been witnessed, it has been reported. read more...


MI6 in ethnic minorities graduate recruitment drive

Graduates of black or Asian minority origin are being targeted by MI6, which has launched a new recruitment drive.

Speaking to the Telegraph, the head of recruitment at the Secret Intelligence Service, who remained anonymous, said a wider range of applicants were needed to tackle new threats posed to the UK by terrorism. read more...


Graduate jobs 'could emerge in social care'

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has warned of a possible shortage of social care workers in the UK, in comments which may buoy university leavers seeking graduate jobs in the sector. read more...

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