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Longer work experience can improve chances of landing graduate jobs

Published: Wednesday, 02 February 2011   Category: Work Experience

A greater deal of work experience will boost people's employment prospects when it comes to graduate jobs.

That is to be inferred from comments by Harvey Francis, executive vice-president of human resources at Skanska UK, who said that government plans to encourage more work experience opportunities will help employers and people looking for jobs.

Speaking to People Management, Mr Francis explained that the construction firm offers an eight-week unpaid work experience programme, called Gateway.

He is reported to have said: "For an employer looking to recruit, the more experience someone has got the better.

"In eight weeks, the amount of training you are getting is much greater, so there’s a lot of value in it and as an employer you also get a much better sense of the individual in terms of attitudes to work."

More than nine in ten leading graduate employers will offer work experience programmes for university-leavers in 2010-11, according to the Graduate Market in 2011 report by High Fliers Research.

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