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Hospitality firms urged to turn to graduates

Published: Tuesday, 21 August 2007   Category: Food and drink | Sport and leisure

Hospitality companies can safeguard the future of the industry if they employ more graduates, a sector specialist has claimed.

In a report on its website, CatererSearch argues that graduates are more than worth their cost in training and wages.

The specialist suggests that more must be done by hospitality employers to attract graduates. It is claimed that the firms often favour more experienced candidates ahead of untested university leavers.

The report said: "Few companies have found the right strategy for understanding and managing effectively this diversity of talent that is eager and motivated to enter the workforce."

Praising the various different tasks graduates can perform the report continued: "The good news about this diversity, is that it means that there are hospitality graduates in the market that look for entry level, supervisory and junior management roles."

University leavers hoping to work in the civil service have been warned they will be expected to work long hours. Research by Keele University suggests that that almost half of civil servants work between 40 and 48 hours a week.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18253075-ADNFCR

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