Graduate Employability

Business, Innovation and Skills – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 14th October 2010.

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Photo of Nigel Mills Nigel Mills Conservative, Amber Valley 10:30 am, 14th October 2010

What steps he is taking to encourage universities to focus on the employability of graduates.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

Students rightly expect better information about their chances of a job after studying different courses at different universities, and universities need to do more to improve the employability of their graduates. That is why I have asked universities to publish statements on what they do for students' employment prospects. The vast majority have now done so.

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Photo of Nigel Mills Nigel Mills Conservative, Amber Valley

I thank the Minister for that answer. Does he agree that a key method of achieving increased employability are schemes such as those set up by David Nieper, a full service clothing manufacturer in Alfreton in my constituency? It has agreed a scheme with Nottingham Trent university that will ensure that students get a full range of experience and skills in the textiles sector to increase their chances of employment after they finish their course.

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Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

I agree with my hon. Friend. Indeed, one of the proposals in Lord Browne's report that we are looking at very carefully is to do more to encourage the accreditation of skills developed in businesses and the workplace as part of a degree qualification.

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