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Graduate Employment

– in the Scottish Parliament on 19th April 2012.

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Photo of Richard Lyle Richard Lyle Scottish National Party

3. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to help new graduates acquire jobs in their chosen fields of study. (S4O-00881)

Photo of Angela Constance Angela Constance Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government encourages universities to work with businesses in Scotland to ensure that their degree provision is relevant to business need. New graduates are advised to work with their university careers advisers, who offer a range of services to help graduates to find employment in their chosen field.

Photo of Richard Lyle Richard Lyle Scottish National Party

The underemployment of graduates has a knock-on consequence for the rest of the jobs market, particularly for youth employment. How do the Scottish Government and its agencies help to ensure that students and graduates are provided with the skills that they need to succeed?

Photo of Angela Constance Angela Constance Scottish National Party

Whether a young person is a school leaver, a participant in a training programme or a further or higher education graduate, we want to get them into work that is suitable to take full advantage of their skills and qualifications. In addition to being determined to tackle unemployment, we want to tackle full on underemployment and displacement in the labour market, particularly among those who do not have a degree.

The universities sector benefits from £1 billion of investment by the Government, therefore we expect the sector to do everything that it can to ensure that young graduates have the right skills. The Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council has produced its “Learning to Work Two” action plan, which includes a number of recommendations to ensure that employability is embedded within all learning and teaching.