first_imgEmployers fail to meet graduate targetOn 4 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. A third of organisations experienced difficulty recruiting graduates duringthe autumn, despite the economic downturn following 11 September. The Recruitment Confidence Index shows that more than 40 per cent ofrecruiters say their organisations are unable to meet last year’s target infull. But 23 per cent of employers have not enlisted a single graduate towardstheir intended quota since the beginning of September. Nearly a fifth of the companies that did offer employment on graduateschemes are not happy with the calibre of their new staff. Only 3 per cent of respondents report that their new intake exceededexpectations. Professor Shaun Tyson, of Cranfield School of Management, said thesefindings reflect concerns among employers that graduate recruits lack businessawareness, interpersonal skills and communication skills. “Companies are looking for young graduates to display more engagementwith their work. Attracting and retaining graduates is as much about making amatch with their lifestyle aspirations and values as it is about findingspecific skills and intelligence,” he said. Only 12 per cent of the 470 organisations surveyed say they have reducedtheir target numbers in the past year. Nine per cent of firms have decided notto recruit graduates this year. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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