For most youngsters with a professional career in mind, university is a necessity to get on to the proverbial employment ladder.Encouraging news has come in the form of the latest Association of Graduate Recruiters survey which forecasts a rise of 9% in graduate vacancies this coming year.
Carl Gilleard, Chief Executive of the AGR, said: “The results indicate a renewed level of optimism among organisations for the year ahead. With the graduate job market inextricably linked to business confidence, it is reassuring to see that employers are committed to investing in graduate talent despite the backdrop of continuing global economic uncertainty.”
Following a dip last year and much talk within the business community regarding apprenticeship schemes, it is thought that with the influx of graduate vacancies, new school leaver programmes and apprenticeship schemes could look to work alongside each other in a bid to get youth roles bringing different skill sets and abilities to the organisation.
This is good news also for businesses that are outwardly showing their keenness to invest which in turn puts the onus on a broad spectrum of talent seeking. The annual starting salary for graduates is predicted to rise to an average of £26,000 which again will provide a competitive edge to those who apply, whether with a background from university studies or those who apply straight from school.
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