Graduates lack skills of other workers, expert says

02-01-2008

Graduates lack skills of other workers, expert says
Employers are choosing foreign nationals over homegrown graduates for jobs, it has emerged.

According to one expert, graduates cannot match the skills set of other candidates such as foreign nationals.

Richard Lambert, the director general of the Confederation of British Industry, stated that many bosses are in agreement about the employability skills of UK graduates.

"I've lost count of the number of times that employers have told me depressing stories about how the skills and employability of their central European - often Polish - recruits compare favourably with those of the domestic labour pool," he said.

Employers are blaming increases in student numbers as one reason why the standard of skills has fallen among university leavers.

Mr Lambert pointed out that if graduates are not up to scratch, then companies looking for jobs candidates can "perfectly well recruit them elsewhere".

A lack of confidence and resilience in the workplace are two problems graduates suffer with, a Talent Q survey reported by Online Recruitment magazine discovered recently.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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