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UWE Bristol leading the market for graduate employability

Published: Friday, 08 July 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is leading the market for graduate employability, according to the latest Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) figures.

Results show that 96% of last year’s graduates are either in further study or employment, with 78% occupying professional roles – 7% higher than the UK market average.

UWE Bristol’s success in placing graduates in professional roles has come in industries where there are national skills shortages, such as in Allied Health Nursing, where 96% are in professional roles.

Success was also translated to the engineering and technology sectors, where 84% of graduates are in professional roles, while that figure rises to 86% in computer science.

The university achieved a 99% employment rate when it comes to UWE graduates finding employment three and half years following their graduation, 2% higher than the national average.

Need for certain skills

Engineering UK recently predicted that the South West will need 16,000 more engineers by the year 2022.

As a result the university has doubled the number of engineering graduates over the last four years, in order to meet the needs of companies such as Airbus, GE (Aviation), GKN Aerospace and a range of other SME’s.

UWE Bristol is also attempting to meet the Government’s challenge for universities to provide 10,000 nurses over the duration of the next parliament by expanding the amount of places available.

The importance of business collaboration

Business collaboration is vital to UWE Bristol’s success in the graduate employment results. Figures from the report show that 90% of graduates who were able to gain experience with an employer went on to find professional roles.

The university currently boasts one of the UK’s largest paid internship programmes, which has managed to successfully secure 2,000 internships since 2010.

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