Leicester supports national call to widen access to professions

Posted by pt91 at May 30, 2012 11:25 AM |
Employers need to look more widely – and universities need to focus on employability, say careers and corporate affairs heads
Leicester supports national call to widen access to professions

Bob Athwal, Head of the Careers Service.

Employers need to cast their net more widely to find graduate talent - but universities also have a key role to play in widening access to professional careers, according to our Head of Corporate Affairs Richard Taylor and Bob Athwal, Head of the Careers Service.

Responding to a report from the Government’s social mobility advisor Alan Milburn published today, they welcomed a call for leading professional employers to widen their graduate recruitment practices.

Richard Taylor, Director of Corporate Affairs
Richard Taylor, Director of Corporate Affairs.

Leicester is the only elite top-20 ranked university to meet national benchmarks for the recruitment of students from state schools and lower socio-economic groups. We submitted data to the Milburn inquiry which showed that the top 100 employers disproportionately target those universities with the poorest record for recruiting students from the lower socio-economic groups.

But universities also need to give employers a reason to consider their graduates by properly preparing them for the world of work, they said.

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