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Future bright for Scots graduating in 2016

Posted by | 25th January 2016 | Apprenticeship News, Uncategorized


Four in five firms (83 per cent) with employees in Scotland plan to increase the number of young people they employ in 2016, according to a new survey.

Figures from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Accenture Technology have suggested an increase in graduate opportunities for Scots leaving university and college education in 2016.

The 18th annual survey revealed that 50 per cent of the 342 companies consulted plan to grow their workforce across Scotland this year, with permanent jobs twice as likely to be offered over temporary roles (44 per cent compared to 20 per cent).

In addition, 45 per cent of Scottish firms expected to increase their apprenticeship intake, while 34 per cent will recruit higher numbers of graduates.

Hugh Aitken, CBI Scotland Director, said: “Firms in Scotland are gearing up for a positive 2016 with many planning to create jobs, most of which will be permanent. Young people should find more chances to get a foot on the career ladder this year, with many firms looking to boost their intake of graduates and apprentices.

“It’s vital to see everyone enjoy the rewards of the recovery and Scotland has a big role in driving the UK economy forward. Growth should work for everyone, and raising skills is the key route to ensuring this happens through improved productivity and pay.”

Read more at The Scotsman by clicking here

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