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The Work Ready Graduates scheme pilots today!

Prospects and commercial training specialist Propeller Training are launching a range of training sessions to help raise graduate employability.

The Work Ready Graduates sessions are designed to give graduates the best possibly chance of landing their dream job by making them stand out from the crowd – particularly useful after reports that many graduates are taking positions they are over qualified to do. Recent research backs up the need for these sessions, as employers have stated that they are satisfied with the industry knowledge recent grads possess but would like them to develop skills relating to work environment.

Created with the help of careers professionals, graduates are taught to build on skills that they’ve developed at university and how to use them within a commercial environment, as well as communication techniques, business etiquette and self-confidence.

Prospects (the student facing branch of the HECSU) own the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) and have unique partnerships with the National Union of Students (NUS), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS). Propeller Training is one of the UK's leading corporate training companies. For over a decade they have been working with business leaders to identify the necessary skills grads need to thrive within the corporate world. They’ve been working with high end employers for years to provide them with the best possible candidates. The companies have been working with graduate employers for 40 years and that experience is transferred into the workshops.

Leading the Work Ready Graduates programme on the Prospects side, Leon March said :

“As part of a feasibility study of graduate employers we found a significant skills gap between the graduates that they want and the candidates that they meet at interviews and assessment days.  We set up Work Ready Graduates to bridge this gap. But graduates who are better prepared for work is not just desired by employers, with employability rankings high on the university agenda institutions want this too. We’re delighted with the support that we’ve had so far and the number of institutions already on board.”

With the help of Teach First, the Work Ready Graduates scheme is working with universities across the UK. Over 300 students registered to attend the first session at Cranfield University today.

So far Lancaster University, the University of Bedfordshire, the University of Leeds and the University of Salford all have classes confirmed.