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Graduates need work experience, says CBI

Published: Thursday, 26 March 2009   Category: Work Experience

University leavers looking for graduate jobs should get some work experience if they want to increase their chances of employment, according to the head of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

In a new report, Richard Lambert, head of the CBI, has urged students to get first-hand experience of business while studying to make their CVs more attractive to employers.

The report, to be released in conjunction with Universities UK, surveyed 581 recruiters and found that 78 per cent rated employability skills like teamwork as essential.

Universities will be encouraged to provide training to help students get graduate jobs when they leave university, such as the modules taken by 70 per cent of University of Surrey students in workplace-based skills development, according to the BBC.

Mr Lambert said: "Of course, businesses don't expect graduates to arrive on day one fully trained, but what they do value in graduates are their people skills, a focus on the customer and a keenness to solve problems."

Paul Speer, head of apprentice recruitment at BT, recently told Personnel Today that businesses should get involved with universities to provide students work experience to better their chances at finding graduate jobs.


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