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Boost your graduate employment chances

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

With figures suggesting that the majority of British employers demand graduates to have generally higher skill levels, a new initiative offers young Brits the opportunity to learn and develop the specific skills which UK companies are looking for.

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Linking London have formed a partnership that aims to promote career progression opportunities for school leavers, graduates and learners already in work.

“By helping young people gain qualifications, our partnership can go some way towards improving employment prospects and closing the gap between entry level skills and the needs of today’s employers”, said Chris Kinsella, acting chief executive at CMI.

The partnership project will develop the following areas:

  • Introduce leadership skills development as part of school pupils’ personal and social curriculum
  • Bring schools, colleges and employers together to create new opportunities for learners to progress
  • Improve the information available to them about education opportunities

In addition, Kinsella argued that by working in partnership the focus will be on improving the quality and capabilities of those in the marketplace, leading to a better performing base of UK managers.

“We need a skilled, savvy and satisfied workforce if UK organisations are to emerge from the tough economic climate in a positive shape,” added Sue Betts, director of Linking London.

“That means creating an environment in which skills can be developed both for the good of individuals and the employers they work for.  The only way to ensure this truly happens is by matching learners with the educators that can help them and the employers that need the skills they have to offer,” Betts finished.

Would you consider taking part in this new project as a way to increase your chances of finding a graduate job? Does university education prepare students well enough for the competitive working environment?


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