Graduate Employment Is a Key Target for Trinity Saint David

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Graduate Employment Is a Key Target for Trinity Saint David


THE University takes great pride in its efforts to ensure that graduates are in employment at the end of their courses. The University's campus in Carmarthen has developed an enviable reputation for graduate employment which, according to figures released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), is the best in Wales. An impressive 94.4% of the 2010 graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating according to HESA's Destination of Leavers in Higher Education.

Programmes offered have grown out of the campus' teacher training roots to include a portfolio focussing on vocational areas and government priorities. Links with employers also mean that students are provided with opportunities to network and build relationships within their chosen career areas.

The University's campus in Lampeter is renowned for its Humanities portfolio including Classics, History, English, Religion and Chinese Studies and, whilst programmes such as Archaeology and Creative Writing are vocational, all of these programmes have embedded employability skills within their curriculum. According to the HESA Survey 81.1% of these graduates were in employment within six months but recent developments mean that the University is hoping to achieve even better statistics within the coming year.

Students develop high level skills "The Humanities provide intellectual enrichment whilst creating a well informed and critical cast of mind' said Dean of Faculty, Dr Mirjam Plantinga, 'All our programmes encourage students to be analytical and autonomous thinkers, but in recognition of the fact that employers need more than subject knowledge they also ensure that students develop high level skills sets to help them in their future careers. Employability is embedded throughout the curriculum, for example through the variety of assessment methods that are employed in the modules". …

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