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Businesses 'can benefit' from graduate work experience

Published: Tuesday, 06 October 2009   Category: Employer News

Employers see graduate work experience as beneficial to the success of their company, new research has revealed.

Some 87 per cent of respondents to the Populus survey, commissioned for the government's Backing Young Britain campaign, said that taking on a graduate to provide work experience is "good practice".

According to nebusiness.co.uk, 69 per cent said they are more likely to offer a graduate job to someone who has already spent time at their company, while 43 per cent said work experience is a positive asset to have wherever it takes place.

Miles Templeman, director general of the Institute of Directors, which has produced a guide for firms looking to take on graduates, told the news provider : "Businesses can, and should, contribute to the effort to prepare students for employment and providing work experience is a valuable way of doing so."

The Association of Graduate Recruiters recently found that the majority of UK employers are set to keep their graduate recruitment levels at the same or a higher level in 2010 than this year.


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