Employers urged to form partnerships with universities
Employers should form mutually beneficial partnerships with universities, the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) has said.
A recent study by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills found that in some areas, this is already taking place, Personnel Today reports.
The CBI welcomed this news, but said still greater collaboration is needed.
Richard Lambert, director general of the organisation, noted that businesses benefit from high-quality graduates and fresh thinking, while universities get practical insights that can improve their teaching and research.
"A strong relationship between the sectors is critical to helping the UK maintain competitiveness there is scope for even greater interaction between academia and business in the UK," he concluded.
The Forum of Private Business recently suggested that businesses can gain from taking on student placements because of the links they can then forge with universities.