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Graduate work experience important as employers want 'hands-on, practical learning'

Published: Thursday, 17 February 2011   Category: Work Experience

University-leavers looking for graduate opportunities may wish to undertake some graduate work experience, as employers want "hands-on, practical learning".

Sarah Clover, sales and marketing director at notgoingtouk.co.uk, said that many employers felt the jobs market has "too few candidates with vocational qualifications and practical skills".

The marketing director praised the creation of new apprenticeships and graduate schemes, announced this week by business secretary Vince Cable, as "fantastic".

"Employers want hands-on, practical learning, so the fact that more … are going to be on offer is just awesome news," she said.

This week, Mr Cable promised that the government would work with companies to deliver an additional 100,000 apprenticeships for both graduates and non-graduates by 2014.

The expansion of a scheme for graduate engineers currently in place at British Airways was one of the specific promises made by a company.

BA, the country's flag-carrying airline, announced that it was to take on 120 students for its graduate scheme in 2011.

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