Rise in UWE graduate employment

Issue date: 02 July 2010


UWE Graduates at the University of the West of England (UWE) found more jobs despite a very difficult employment climate last year. Last year there were 4 per cent fewer UWE graduates unemployed compared to over 20 per cent more graduates unemployed across the UK as a whole, according to figures released this week by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

From a detailed survey in January to March this year just 7.5 per cent of the 2009 UWE graduates were still seeking employment after six months against an average 10 per cent for all University graduates nationally. Assistant Director of Student Services John Clarke said, "Employers have been very impressed with the qualities of UWE graduates with many students being kept on after short term work placements. We are delighted to see this reflected in the comparisons with national data despite an extremely difficult employment market for graduates"

UWE offers a unique graduate development programme (GDP) to support all its full time undergraduates, and has built up powerful partnerships with recruiters across private and public sectors, and from large global corporations to small local businesses. The University provides a vast range of work placement opportunities, internships, and assistance with business start-ups, alongside one of the largest career fairs in the country. UWE has a dynamic and innovative careers team that is fully embedded across the institution, which works in partnership with faculties and services, as well as employers, and earlier this year had the third highest rating in the world in the i-graduate survey of over 120 institutions globally.

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Editor's Notes

1. HESA release
http://www.hesa.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1775&Itemid=161

2. UWE's Graduate Development Programme
http://www.uwe.ac.uk/gdp/index.shtml

3. UWE Careers – employability support service for students and graduates http://www.uwe.ac.uk/careers

4. UWE's Recruiter Partnership team – including graduate internships http://www.uwe.ac.uk/careers/recruiters/index.shtml


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