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CBI call for graduate jobs help

Published: Monday, 24 August 2009   Category: Life after graduation

Those looking for graduate jobs in the current economic condition should be aided in finding apprenticeship schemes, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said.

The government recently announced a £500 million subsidy to help curb the rising unemployment among graduates and the CBI believes this should be directed towards the provision of apprenticeships.

In a five-point plan to help young people get into employment, the organisation said firms should encourage graduate job hunters to apply for the schemes, as well as internships, volunteering placements and further training.

Richard Lambert, director-general for the CBI, said: "We know that the experience of unemployment tends to affect young people more adversely than most other age groups, and we must learn from the 1980s when too many were left out of work for too long."

The CBI recently raised concerns that too few graduate job hunters know about the apprenticeship schemes which are available to them.

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