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Employers should help produce future graduate job candidates

Published: Thursday, 19 March 2009   Category: Career Advice

A human resources chief has urged employers to link up with schools, colleges and universities to ensure that the graduate job candidates of the future possess the skills they need.

Paul Speer, head of apprentice recruitment at communications company BT, told Personnel Today that graduate job candidates currently lack "soft skills" such as communication, networking and planning.

Speaking at an employability event hosted by accountancy firm Deloitte, he said that businesses should work with education institutions to make sure that graduates are ready for jobs when they come out of university and that even if it takes a long time to convince employers, the results will be beneficial.

Mike Rake, chairman of the BT Group, who was also at the event, said: "We can't afford to educate our young people without giving them the personal, management and communication skills they need to be effective in the workplace."

Council leader for Barnsley Stephen Houghton recently urged local authorities to provide "taster schemes" and apprenticeships to allow graduates to gain work experience before looking for graduate jobs.


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