Higher Tuition Fees may mean graduate employers
engage with students
Higher tuition fees for university students
may be the catalyst for earlier engagement of graduate employers
with potential recruits, bringing apprenticeships back into
This emerged from a graduate
recruitment roundtable supported by Michael Page, the Employers
Forum on Age (EFA) and Recruiter held in London last week. The
delegates were told that after tuition fees rise next year, it will
take the top 10% of earners 15 years to repay their debts.
Denise Keating, Chief Executive at EFA
suggests that higher tuition fees would stop good people from going
to university and increases in those studying for a degree while
working. Elizabeth Ewen, head of talent at Michael Page
International, said that schemes such as Michael Page’s Work and
Learn could help address the issue by providing young people with
the best of both worlds, earning whilst studying.
Most at the roundtable agreed that engagement
with young people should start at an earlier age, such as secondary
schools. Dennis Gissing, head of diversity practice at BT, asked
whether university delivered what employees asked for. University
is important but not the only thing, young people will now be
looking for alternatives to university and for opportunities to be
qualified in a different way.
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