Value of University Degrees in Decline for Small Businesses

Survey reveals that small businesses are worried about youth workforce with 54% blaming government and education 75% of small businesses believe degrees have less value than 10 years ago, according the latest survey conducted by Sandler Training. As current graduates enter the UK job market, the shift in attitude presents a growing concern for jobseekers as 58% of the private sector workforce are currently employed by the small business community. In addition, although currently graduates and apprentices are almost equal in hiring appeal among small businesses, those surveyed predict that in five years they will be hiring 20% more apprentices but only 7% more graduates. The survey also revealed that 83% of business owners are worried about youth employment, especially as unemployment rates... »

SMEs to Benefit from Graduate Talent

The Government has joined forces with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to offer up to 10,000 graduates a boost to their future employability, through internships in small and micro businesses announced the Prime Minister Gordon Brown today. The Prime Minister said: “Our guarantee to all young people is that with millions of new opportunities from apprenticeships to internships to a new class of modern technicians, we will discover, coach, develop and showcase the wealth of aspiration and talent that exists in Britain. “To add to the 100, 000 new young people’s jobs we are already creating, we can today offer in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses, 10,000 skilled internships so that, even in the midst of tough economic times, we are encouraging a wh... »