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Why students need to make it in the workforce

Students in the UK are more likely to earn a degree than their counterparts in other European countries, according to new research.

Key points:The UK’s universities and colleges are struggling to find graduates and fill gaps in their workforceWith many students unable to find work, graduates are finding it harder to pay back their loansSome universities have been criticised for their lack of diversityThe survey also found that students are more keen to study abroad than in the rest of Europe and that there is a growing divide between the two groups.

It found that 52% of students who graduated in the past five years would prefer to study in a different country to their home country.

The figures also show that only 14% of those who graduated from a UK university in the same period were in the labour force, while a whopping 70% of graduates in the EU were in a job.

The UK is ranked among the lowest in the world for job-seekers, with only 19% of young people in the age group 18 to 24 who say they want to work.

“Our students are the future of the UK and this is a clear signal that our universities are struggling,” said David Macey, chief executive of the Association of British Students.

“Our students need the skills to find employment, and that means that they need to go to work.”

“We are failing them.”UK students were ranked second only to Finland for having the lowest rate of job-seeking in the OECD.

The UK has one of the lowest rates of unemployment among OECD countries, with 7.6% of the population jobless.

“The UK does not have a good record when it comes to attracting and retaining highly qualified young people,” said Mr Macey.

“While there are a number of positive signs, there are still areas where we are lagging.”

The survey was carried out by the Institute of Employment Research, which is based in London.

“There are many factors that make the UK one of Europe’s most expensive countries to do business, with the cost of living a major concern,” said Simon Williams, research director at the institute.

“But, despite the OECD ranking, UK students do not fare as well as other countries.”

Students who are struggling with joblessness are more unlikely to find a job in the private sector than those who are already employed.

“He said that many of the young people who were leaving the UK were in debt and in a precarious position.”

Many are left to struggle with crippling debt,” he said.”

They’re also more likely than other graduates to be in temporary contracts.

“We need to improve the quality of education, and this includes supporting the next generation of graduates to achieve the highest standard of education in the global economy.”

Mr Williams said that the Government had also made significant investments in education, particularly in maths and science.

“It’s good news that students now have the chance to have a higher standard of higher education,” he added.

“However, the Government has a huge responsibility to make sure that we have the best possible system in place to attract and retain graduates.”

The research also found a significant gender gap, with females aged between 18 and 24 having a lower rate of being employed than males.