The University is launching the Stay in the South West campaign.

New campaign to retain South West graduates

A new campaign to boost the number of graduates staying in Devon and Cornwall to work has been launched by the University and it’s seeking feedback from employers in the region. 

The campaign follows the Marchmont Observatory’s local labour market research carried out last year, which highlighted that less than a third of the workforce in Exeter and the heart of Devon are graduates.

“It is vital to the South West economy to retain Exeter's graduate talent. Graduates therefore need to understand that the experience they can receive with a local company can be equally challenging and often more varied as those roles that are often advertised by large traditional graduate employers based mainly in big cities and overseas,” said Paul Blackmore, Head of Employability and Graduate Development.

Many top national and international graduate recruiters target Exeter and subsequently have a higher profile amongst the student population than smaller companies. As a result students can often assume that a successful graduate-level career can only be pursued through these kinds of organisations. In reality around 90% of graduate jobs exist in SMEs and the 'hidden job market.' We therefore welcome support from the local business community to help challenge the students’ perception, widen the breadth of opportunities available to students and graduates and help the local economy prosper through the recruitment of bright and talented employees.

To promote the South West as a positive career option to students the University is launching the Stay in the South West campaign. To contribute to this campaign, employers are being asked to complete our short survey.

Date: 25 March 2014

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