Graduate employability heads agenda as higher education MP visits Prospects

David Lammy MP, the Minister of State for Higher Education visited Graduate Prospects on Thursday 4 June to discuss its leading role in combating graduate unemployment during the economic downturn.

David Lammy met with Graduate Prospects chief executive Mike Hill, publishing director Jayne Rowley and sales director Allan Brown.

He also met with its charitable arm, the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, including Jane Artess, HECSU manager and Heather Collier, director of the National Council for Work Experience.

Mike Hill says:

“We are at the heart of graduate employability, higher education research and work experience, and as the employment prospects for this year’s graduates look gloomy, we are doing more than ever to support and advise job-hungry young people through our online initiatives and publications.

“Our involvement with DIUS and the Graduate Talent Pool this year has been another step in the right direction towards beating graduate unemployment. We also continue to work with businesses across the UK to promote the job opportunities that are available despite the recession as well as offer guidance on how to best prepare for the upturn.”   

David Lammy said:

“Graduating from university is an exciting time but it can also be daunting as people consider their next steps in life after their degree. In the current economic climate it’s natural that students are considering their options even more closely and that’s why we want to provide as much information as possible about the opportunities available to students including work, internships, further study or volunteering.

“Getting a degree remains one of the best pathways to a long and rewarding career graduates will be well placed to take advantage of the benefits future economic growth will bring.”

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