Is There a Role for Higher Education Institutions in Improving the Quality of First Employment?

October 1, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Seamus McGuinness , Adele Whelan , Adele Bergin
The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy , Volume 16 , Issue 4 , October , 2016

This paper examines the potential role of higher education institutions in reducing labour market mismatch amongst new graduates. The research suggests that increasing the practical aspects of degree programmes, irrespective of the field of study, will reduce the incidence of initial mismatch. In terms of routes into the labour market, higher education work placements with the potential to develop into permanent posts and the provision of higher education job placement assistance were found to have substantial impacts in reducing the incidence of graduate mismatch. The use of private employment agencies was found to significantly heighten the risk of subsequent mismatch.

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    Journal Article

    ESRI Series Number: 201658
    Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills
    Date of Publication: October 1, 2016
    Published Online: December 23, 2016
    Publisher: De Gruyter
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