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HE Employability Digest-Nov 2016

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HE Employability Digest - Nov 2016 



> Graduate unemployment rate falls from 6.3% in 2015 to 5.7% in 2016

> The annual What Do Graduates Do? report published on 3 November 2016 by HECSU, Prospects and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) reports that graduates are working in more professional roles with the proportion in non-graduate jobs after six months falling from 32% in 2015 to 29% in 2016

> The number of first degrees awarded to UK domiciled graduates in 2014/15 was 312,330, down 25,900 on the previous year. As a consequence, the number known to have been in work after six months also fell from 199,810 in 2015 to 189,245 in 20161

> More collaboration needed between the higher education sector and employers, particularly SMEs

> Students from more privileged backgrounds benefit from effective information, advice and guidance (IAG) from their schools, their parents and broader networks

The report highlights the critical role of employers for improving social mobility, given the mass of evidence which points to socio-economic background still being the most important factor in determining a graduate’s career – often irrespective of the university attended

> 51% undergraduates feel ‘equipped for the world of work’

> The UKES 2016 survey of over 23,000 undergraduates is the only major undergraduate survey in the UK higher education sector that measures students’ engagement with their studies

> While overall 88% of undergraduates say they find their course challenging, just 51% reported that they have strongly developed the skills that ready them for the world of work and will help them get a job.


> Degree apprenticeships – survey request

UUK, Guild HE and HEFCE are surveying the English HE sector to see how it is engaging with and developing degree apprenticeships provision with an aim to produce a report outlining how the sector is responding to DA initiatives.

> Questions require detailed information about your institution’s view and position on degree apprenticeships, whether you are implementing them, considering their implementation or not.


> Postgraduate doctoral loans – open consultation
> The Department for Education are seeking external views on a postgraduate doctoral loan.

> Part-time undergraduate maintenance loan – open consultation
> The Department for Education would like to know what you think about the proposed income-contingent loan for undergraduate part-time study