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University students must be taught basic job skills, says Edge

Published: Tuesday, 07 June 2011   Category: Career Advice

Universities should teach their students basic job skills, such as communication, to prepare them for the inevitable search for graduate opportunities.

That is according to education charity Edge Foundation, which has recently released the results of research which shows that one in six employers are dissatisfied with graduates "competencies", reports the Daily Telegraph.

The report on the future of higher education noted that qualifications along are not enough and university-leavers people need skills to help them conduct themselves well in interviews.

"Employers expect graduates to demonstrate a range of skills and attributes that include team-working, communication, leadership, critical thinking, problem solving and often managerial abilities or potential," it reads.

"Employers are frustrated that higher education courses do not meet their needs."

The Edge Foundation is an independent education, founded with the aim of raising the standards across the sector. It was established in 2003, by the trustees of exam board Edexcel when the organisation was partially sold.

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