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LGA calls for £1bn for British graduates

Published: Friday, 20 February 2009   Category: Life after graduation

The Local Government Association (LGA) has expressed the need to remember about graduates during the recession and has called upon the government to supply a share of its £1 billion fund for graduate schemes and employment training to local councils.

Citing previous recessions, the LGA said that funding needs to be decentralised to prevent those who need the money most such as graduates from gaining access to it, and that funding local authorities is the best way to go about it.

The money would help graduates receive the training and experience they need to make themselves appeal to graduate recruiters.

Margaret Eaton, chairwoman for the LGA, said that graduates are the people "most at risk, and these are the people who need targeted support".

She added: "The research shows that the best way to get people back into work is for more decisions about employment and training to be taken at the local level."

The plea comes after the Association of Graduate Recruitment explained the need for experience on graduate CVs, saying: "If you have had experience doing any sort of job, you will have gained skills and contacts and that will make you more attractive."


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