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BT branded 'short-sighted' for graduate jobs cut

Published: Wednesday, 26 August 2009   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

Telecommunications firm BT has made a big mistake in closing its graduate job scheme this year, according to one industry figure.

The company announced this week that places for graduate jobs will be cut, but Stephen Bevan, from think-tank Work Foundation, has claimed this decision will damage the employer's brand and reputation, according to Personnel Today.

Believing that BT should have reduced the number of graduates it takes on rather than closing the door to university leavers altogether, Mr Bevan said the firm's move will alienate future candidates.

He explained: "Careers advisers would be irresponsible not to mention to bright and talented graduates in future that BT 'turns the tap on and off' when it comes to its recruitment scheme. Some of the best talent will choose to work for other employers, where they know where they stand."

One firm which is still offering graduate jobs despite the recession is supermarket chain Aldi, which requires between 90 and 120 degree-holders to fill positions to the end of the year, the Maidenhead Advertiser recently reported.

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