Published: 19th May 2011
MAKING employability the University’s top priority is paying off for thousands of our graduates.
2010 leavers were more likely to be in work - and more likely to be in a good job – than 2009 graduates, according to government compiled statistics.
Six months after July ’10 graduation only 8.3% of leavers were still looking for work, while 69.4%* were already in graduate level occupations.
This is a significant improvement on 2009 where 9.4% were assumed to be unemployed and 66.7% in graduate-track jobs.
Manchester Metropolitan has made graduate jobs its top priority, supporting a raft of initiatives including making employability an integral part of its courses.
Schemes such making lecturers ‘employability champions’, the graduate (skills) passport and the staging of employability fairs on campus have also boosted graduate awareness and knowledge. Additionally, the University’s free recruitment service to employers has advertised over 1,100 work experience, part-time and graduate vacancies this year.
The figures comes from the annual Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey which last year saw the proportion in work or study fall sharply as the UK plunged into recession..
Employment among Manchester Metropolitan graduates has now risen with more than 90%, in work or undertaking further study.
A spokesman for the University said: “The picture for our graduates is looking better. We cannot control the job market but we can endeavour to prepare graduates as well as possible for life after University.
“A lot of extra hard work from staff and students - on skills, on work experience and often simply making people aware of services available – is paying off when people apply for job or go for interview.”
*Figure for all students, including postgraduate.