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Creation of graduate jobs is 'vital' in the north-east

Published: Wednesday, 06 May 2009   Category: Work Experience

The future of business in the north-east is dependent on the talent provided by university leavers and companies in the area should be doing more to allow them access to graduate jobs, according to an expert.

Rachel Spence, head of member relations for the business section of the North East Journal and Evening Gazette, has said that if graduate jobs are not being created then university leavers will not have sufficient work experience and skills in the future.

Graduates are also not being helped to set up their own small enterprises and are discouraged to do so because of the difficulty of securing a loan and the erratic nature of new business income.

Ms Spence wrote in the newspaper: "If we are to build the skilled workforce and business owners of the future, young people need to be given a chance and employers willing to look to create those entry-level jobs."

Paul Speer, head of apprentice recruitment for communications firm BT, also said that businesses should be looking to make connections with universities to make sure graduates have the necessary skills for the workplace, according to Personnel Today.


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