"People complain about the lack of engineers but engineering graduates are not getting work as engineers."
Mike Boxall, PA higher education expert
PA's Mike Boxall, a higher education expert, is quoted in the Financial Times. Mike gives his view on the employment opportunities for graduates leaving university, and the role of employers in providing these opportunities.
Mike points out that, although many graduates struggle to secure employment after graduation, there is still unsatisfied demand for graduates. He says: “People complain about the lack of engineers but engineering graduates are not getting work as engineers.”
The problem, Mike suggests, is that many companies are less willing to invest in green, young staff than in previous years. They want work-ready young people, not expensive new recruits. He says: “What is new is the reduced will and capability of employers to live with that [cost].”
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