News articles in the Employability community
Heads of higher education careers services report a healthy graduate job market in 2016, despite challenges of Brexit
Around 70% of respondents to the Annual AGCAS Graduate Labour Market and Student Engagement Survey reported an increase in graduate vacancies and saw the market as generally more buoyant than the previous year.
The Government issued the second experimental release of government data on the earnings and employment outcomes of graduates on gov.uk on 1st December 2016.
Nominations are now open for the AGCAS Award for Careers Service Engagement, part of the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2017. The award recognises those employers who provide outstanding support for careers services' work with students and graduates. AGCAS member services are invited to nominate one employer (of any size and from any sector) who has demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively to ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience that will allow them to enter, thrive in, and gain satisfaction from the world of work.
Findings from the 2016 edition of What Do Graduates Do? reveal that the unemployment rate for graduates six months after leaving university is 5.7%, a significant fall from 6.3% in 2015.
The report also highlights 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 2016 report gives a thorough picture of the destinations of last year’s 247,835 UK domiciled first degree graduates in January 2016, six months after they had left university.
The winner of the 2016 AGCAS Award for Partnership with Professional Services, sponsored by Unitemps, is the University of Southampton. The Careers and Employability Service demonstrated collegiality in its partnership with Enabling Services in the launch of a programme to support the successful transition of disabled students into employment.
The winner of the 2016 AGCAS Award for Student Engagement, sponsored by CareerHub, is the University of Sussex's Careers and Employability Service for its First-Generation Scholars (FGS) Scheme, which addresses barriers to career success and progression.
As part of the scheme, FGS students are offered a comprehensive range of unique, funded career development opportunities to address a potential lack of social and cultural capital and encourage more favourable employability outcome.
The winner of the 2016 AGCAS Award for Employability, sponsored by Prospects, is the University of Greenwich's Employability and Careers Service (ECS) for its new approach to suppporting the employability of its students, which has significantly improved the employment prospects of all Greenwich students, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students.
The winner of the 2016 AGCAS Award for Employer Engagement, sponsored by Gradconsult, is the University of Lincoln's Careers and Employability Centre. By developing an innovative employability partnership with Lincolnshire Police the university has been able to introduce their first employer-branded Lincoln Award, which has given students unprecedented access to in-house training and facilities, offering a distinct employability advantage whilst increasing police presence and visibility in the local student community.
The 2016 AGCAS Award for Academic Engagement, sponsored by Gradcore, has been awarded to the University of Southampton. Their impressive partnership between the Careers and Employability Service, the School of Geography and Grosvenor has created tangible and long-lasting benefits to students.
The winner of the 2016 AGCAS Award for Technology, sponsored by FDM, is Careers at the University of York for their York Profiles & Mentors scheme.
The scheme is an innovative new web platform that connects students directly to graduates working in their job sector of interest. Since its release in December 2015, nearly 1,000 profiles have been created, allowing students to read career stories, ask questions and engage in an ongoing mentoring relationship.