- Published: Wednesday, 27 March 2013 10:13
- Written by Patric Donnachie
Discussion of supply and demand in graduate skills often focuses on the shortage of graduates in priority subjects compared to the number of vacancies in industry. But experience suggests that the personal qualities of candidates and their specific employability skills can play just as big a role as the subject they have studied in making graduates ready for employment.
To complement their wider work on supply and demand in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and other strategically important and vulnerable subjects (SIVs), the Higher Education Funding Council for England has asked NCUB to provide strategic advice on industry’s needs and perceptions of graduates and postgraduates. This provides an opportunity for NCUB to work with others across the system to develop a practical new approach to defining the needs of industry for graduate skills.
Universities have enormous potential to drive economic growth and help connect the dots explains Prof Wendy Purcell.