Gradlink helps reverse brain drain from Africa

Issue date: 28 April 2016

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An award-winning international careers website that was set up at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is helping to reverse Africa's brain-drain. Currently the estimated cost to Africa is around $4 billion annually because many African graduates choose to work in developed areas of the world.

The Gradlink Africa website helps employers in Africa to recruit overseas educated African graduates from across the world. Next week David Gee, the Employability Development Manager at UWE Bristol who helped to develop Gradlink, will showcase the resource at the British Council's annual 'Going Global' conference in South Africa.

David Gee said, “African graduates returning home after studying abroad offer the key skills that African employers are struggling to find. These graduates often understand many of the latest industry innovations, frequently bringing a network of international business contacts gained from placements and work experience during their time at UK Universities. We will be displaying a poster at the conference giving details of our pioneering work in this field.”

GradLink UK is the award-winning specialist careers site for UK educated international students and graduates. GradLink UK is a free site that enables students to search and apply directly for jobs, build and submit their CV and research the graduate job market in their chosen country. Businesses can advertise vacancies and search a database of students' and graduates' CVs.

UWE Bristol collaborated with the careers services at its overseas partner institutions to set up meetings with their employer contacts, which has led to real industry engagement. There is now a network of hundreds employers based across Asia, Africa and North America who use the service.

Since its inception in June 2013, and thousands of students from UK universities have put their CVs on its database, which was established in spring 2014.

Currently including sections for Africa, China, South-East Asia (ASEAN), India, Bangladesh and Canada, with further country sections to be added soon, Gradlink presents a range graduate opportunities that connects with graduate employers across the world.

UWE Bristol won the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding International Student Strategy for the development of GradLink in 2015.

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