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The government "should be doing more" for graduates, says NUS

20th August 2015

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“The government should be doing more to create effective graduate employment schemes that fully utilise the country’s talent”, says the Vice President of the National Union of Students (NUS), Sorana Vieru. 

Sorana VieruThis statement comes in response to the revelation that most UK graduates are not employed in graduate jobs. The report, published yesterday by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) says that the number of jobs requiring a degree has been exhausted. 

In all, 58.8% of graduates are now in jobs deemed to be ‘non-graduate roles’, the professional body for human resources managers said. 

“With an economy in recovery the issue is too few jobs, not graduates”, said Vieru.

“The development of a professionally-led, stably funded careers information, advice and guidance service is essential to young people achieving their ambitions”. 

The CIPD write that the number of graduates had now “significantly outstripped the creation of high skilled jobs, and is leading to negative consequences” including employers requiring a degree for traditionally non-graduate roles despite no change in the skill requirements. 

This trend has particular affected jobs where apprenticeships have before been important, such as construction and manufacturing. 

"The assumption that we will transition to a more productive, higher-value, higher-skilled economy just by increasing the conveyor belt of graduates is proven to be flawed," said Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD. 

The report should be a “wake-up call for employers, government and for young people”. 

Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for Universities and Science was unavailable for comment.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said: “We are providing the right mix of university places and apprenticeships to ensure more people have the opportunity to advance their careers and businesses to get the skills they need to grow”.

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