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Graduates handed boost by NPower
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Recent university leavers with a lower second class degree or less looking for graduate jobs in business management may be interested to hear that utilities firm NPower is to join PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in changing the way it selects candidates.
Traditional schemes leaned more on academic achievement, but both employers are interested in steering away from the over-saturated university-level market and looking for candidates with true business credentials away from textbooks, Peersonnel Today reports.
Bob Athwal, head of graduate recruitment at Npower, told Personnel Today: "It's got to be an aspiration to remove the 2:1 and 2:2 filter.
"We need some mavericks and PwC is certainly a maverick. In the next ten years hopefully there will be a lot of employers that will take their own spin on this. It will just take one of the big four to change it and you watch everyone else go for it."
Earlier this year, the Independent published information from the Higher Education Statistics Agency that showed one in seven students gained first-class degrees in 2009.
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