South Yorkshire

Inspiring Graduate Careers

This project, funded by HeppSY, aims to bring graduate jobs to life for students who have the potential, but not currently the inclination, to go to university. It is operating in local areas where higher education participation is lower than would be expected given KS4 attainment rates. Sheffield is one of these areas.

The project works in line with the Government social mobility goals to double the participation of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and increase by 20 per cent the number of students from ethnic minority groups in higher education by 2020.

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The CBI Skills survey has highlighted that over half of businesses (61%) are not confident there will be enough people available in the future with the necessary skills to fill their high-skilled jobs and graduates are projected to be in ever higher demand.  Over the past 12 months more than eight in ten businesses (85%) have maintained or increased their levels of graduate recruitment. Every year for the past five years more businesses have expanded their graduate intakes than have cut back on graduate recruitment, cumulatively raising the number of graduate openings.