Businesses need to support students

Business must show more support for young people following the tuition fee rises, says an employers group.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has urged business to show more support for young people following the tuition fee rises.

In a letter to CBI members, director general of the business group Richard Lambert says that business must ‘play a much more active role than it has in the past in informing students about its likely future needs’.

Lambert adds: ‘Business will need to help [students] choose the right subjects to study, to offer relevant work experience and, where appropriate, to work with universities to develop courses that will provide attractive employment for graduates.

‘In a demand-led system, employers will have an interest in helping to shape the choices made by the most talented students, rather than waiting until their university career is almost over.’

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