UWE graduates thrive in booming labour market

Issue date: 26 June 2015


UWE graduates sitting next to each other.

Graduate employment levels continue to flourish at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol) in response to a booming regional economy.

Unemployment among recent, full time UWE Bristol graduates in 2014 was only 5%, six months after graduation. This is better than the national average unemployment figure of 7% for all full time, first degree UK and EU graduates, recently announced by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. Although university comparisons have still to be released, UWE Bristol has been consistently in the top quartile of universities over the last 4 years.

Reflecting demand from employers, unemployment levels are particularly low in in health professions with 2% unemployment, education with 1% unemployment and computer science and communications with 4% unemployment, just six months after graduation.

UWE Bristol, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West, commented,”We are proud to provide real world experience through placements, volunteering opportunities and lectures by industry experts for our students, and are delighted to see this lead to such a strong graduate employability record. This is a tremendous result showing that our students are really wanted by employers. We can confidently say that studying for a degree at UWE Bristol delivers huge benefits for students and employers alike.”

In stark contrast to the graduate employment figures, youth unemployment (16-24) in the South West region is almost three times as high at 13% according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Professor West continued, “The CBI predict that long term, half of all jobs in UK will be in higher skills. Unemployment among our young people in the region is still too high. It is vital that universities and schools encourage young people to seize these higher skill opportunities to create a graduate workforce that will be central to the region's and their future success.”

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