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'Healthy level of vacancies' - advisers

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GRADUATE vacancies remain healthy in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.

Employers in the engineering and technology sector are coming to Manchester later this month where they will be talking to MMU’s graduates for 2010.

Among those employers maintaining a recruitment operation is telecoms giant Ericsson, which is looking to take on between 40 and 50 graduates from UK universities next autumn, sharply up from this year's figure of 15.

Ericsson targets graduates with degrees in electrical and electronic engineering, computer science and telecommunications, and puts them in advanced technology roles, on networks operated by the likes of 02, T-Mobile and 3 UK.


According to Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), which represents 800 of the UK's main graduate employers.

"There is still a demand for good graduate engineers, and the employers are working hard to get their message across about the attractiveness of working in the sector."

"There are jobs around," says Jan Moore, head of careers at MMU. "There is a steady stream of vacancies, some of them of the highest quality for our work-ready graduates. But you’ve got to be quick as employers are recruiting earlier this year – basically from now!"

Both stress that engineering and science skills are not enough on their own to land a job with these employers. "They set high standards, and are looking for engineers with good social and communications skills, who can work in teams and work with customers and who can take the initiative," says Gilleard.

City fair

Ericsson is among 70 or so recruiters who'll be at the Engineering, Science and Technology Fair hosted by the University of Manchester later this month at the city centre venue, Manchester Central.

Further encouragement for students on science, technology, engineering and maths-related courses is to be found in the buoyancy of the energy, water and utilities sectors. In a recent survey of 200 employers, by the AGR, these were the only sectors showing a rise in graduate vacancies compared to last year.

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