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Public sector applications 'rising fast'

Published: Friday, 09 January 2009   Category: Public sector

An increasing number of university leavers are applying for roles on public sector management training schemes, it has been reported.

The Times reports that the NHS has seen an 83 per cent rise in applications for its graduate programme, while applications to the Civil Service Fast Stream have risen by a third.

Over 12,000 graduates have applied to the NHS for a 2009 training place, compared to 6,753 last year, it is reported.

Nicola Fair, the corporate lead on the NHS scheme, said: "People are making more applications and applying earlier, which is partly explained by what is happening in the job market."

She added that some jobseekers were looking for what she described as "safe" employment in response to the economic climate.

Earlier this week, the Times reported that the number of applications to the National Graduate Development Programme for local government had also increased this year.

Around 80 placements are available on the scheme this year.

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