Stop requiring a degree in job ads, says Nadhim Zahawi | Politics | New

He will urge companies to rethink the way they advertise vacancies and warn they risk turning away skilled workers with other qualifications.

In a speech focused on education and skills, Mr Zahawi is expected to ask companies to think twice before declaring that a position is only suitable for graduates. Instead, they should “modernize” their view of the talent pool and consider potential recruits with apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships or the new technical qualifications known as T Levels, he will say.

Mr Zahawi said: “Companies know they will struggle to compete in the future without a pool of highly skilled employees. And they’re willing to pay well for that talent.

“Too often I hear employers’ frustrations with a limited pool of graduates, yet we still see job postings that list ‘graduate’ in the essential criteria.”

Highlighting his own business experience as the founder of polling firm YouGov, he said: “Having founded YouGov 22 years ago and building it into the business we recognize today, I know how a lack of human potential could wreak havoc on a business.

“So I invite employers to think differently about their recruitment. Ask yourself if they really need someone with a degree. Chances are there’s someone with other relevant skills, experience, or qualifications they’re looking for.

“Our economic strength will only depend on our ability to develop and use the full range of talent available to us. So will our efforts to increase opportunity, for the development of people gives them the ability to create a better life and regenerate their regions.

There are currently more than 1.3 million vacancies across the country, leaving many employers struggling with staffing shortages.

Prior to his speech, Mr. Zahawi wrote an open letter to employers asking them to consider whether a college degree is really necessary.

The government says it is making it easier than ever to learn the skills businesses demand, for example by launching the first T-levels in 2020. The first graduates from these two-year programs will receive their qualifications this year.

There are currently more than 1.3 million vacancies across the country, leaving many employers struggling with staffing shortages.

Prior to his speech, Mr. Zahawi wrote an open letter to employers asking them to consider whether a college degree is really necessary.

The government says it is making it easier than ever to learn the skills businesses demand, for example by launching the first T-levels in 2020. The first graduates from these two-year programs will receive their qualifications this year.

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