What do you look for when recruiting tertiary graduates to your business?
Ai Group’s 2014 survey of workforce development needs found that graduates who fit with the business culture were most favoured by the greatest percentage of member companies (35%). Employers ranked relevant work experience as the second highest factor they look for in a graduate.
In the same survey employers said that recent graduate recruits need greater problem-solving capacities and improved levels of initiative and enterprise.
It is recognised that these shortcomings for business can be effectively addressed through work-integrated learning – often known as graduate placement.
Ai Group, along with its partners, is driving a coordinated effort to build and utilise work-integrated learning to improve the calibre of our graduates in Australia. On 2 June, with our partners, we held a national forum to develop actions from our joint National Framework on Work Integrated Learning in University Education. Our partners in this national effort include the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Business Council of Australia, Universities Australia and the Australian Collaborative Education Network Ltd.
Many employers and universities practise a range of local work placements and projects to assist graduates to be work ready. Businesses recognise that productivity can be higher sooner if their new recruits understand business environments and cultures, can problem solve, take initiative and work well in teams.
The recent national forum aimed to make it easier for businesses to take on students/graduates by developing clear statements on what work-integrated learning is, by providing employers with models and guidelines to adopt, and by outlining legal requirements.
Employers who regularly take on students have expressed the benefits – students bring fresh ideas into the company and refresh the environment. The links to universities can also expose the business to relevant, emerging research that provides a competitive edge.
Do you provide students/graduates with placements that boost your business? Or do you want to connect with a university to place a graduate in a specific field that relates to your business? Contact Anne Younger to discuss or share your thoughts below.
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