STUDENTS at Huddersfield University are making an impact in the jobs market.
Latest figures from the annual Destination of Leaver in Higher Education survey show that 94.9% of the university’s students are in work or have moved onto further study within six months of graduation.
And a new Huddersfield firm has shown its belief in the calibre of students at the university by offering work placements to five of them.
Figures compiled in 2011 by the Higher Education Statistics Agency placed the university sixth in the UK for post-graduation employment levels.
The new DLHE figures show a marginal fall of 0.3% in the rate of “positive outcomes” for Huddersfield graduates, compared with the previous year – but in the context of the weak economy, the latest findings are regarded as highly positive.
Stephen Boyd, of the university’s careers and employability services, said: “These latest figures clearly demonstrate that yet again the university has maintained its position as one of the strongest performing universities in terms of employability.
“Despite what is now a double-dip recession, our graduates have continued to shine in the labour market and these figures are still among the best in the sector.”
“A number of factors are responsible for this strong showing, not least our multi award-winning careers and placement support, but also the selection of the courses on offer, our focus on integrated work experience, strong links to the professions and clear career-track pathways into graduate-level jobs.”
Meanwhile, JAM Business Media, based at Lindley, has offered paid work placements to five Huddersfield University students. The company, founded in May, 2010, offers expert advice and help on marketing via digital media, plus services such as website design.
Company boss Matt Hill was a professional footballer with clubs including Sheffield United before making a career switch into sales and marketing.