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Graduates not getting right education

Published: Wednesday, 05 December 2007   Category: Government policies

Graduates are being let down by their universities, which are teaching them the wrong things, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The REC says that graduates are leaving university without the skills required for working life, particularly graduate IT jobs.

Tom Hadley, director of external relations at the REC, said: "There are lots of people studying degrees in IT but they're actually learning the wrong things. I think we need to make sure business has a real input. Too often we see people coming out of university without exactly the right skills and knowledge employers are looking for."

Mr Hadley added that students should consider going into vocational courses as they can give them better employment opportunities.

To get more people into certain careers, the public need to change their preconceptions of some industries, according to REC.

The REC is a professional body which represents the interests of the recruitment industry in the UK.

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