Almost half (43 per cent) of graduates say they are looking to change jobs as soon as the economy picks up, but they would reconsider if their organisation invested in their career development. Despite this, a quarter of working graduates have already seen their organisations cut back on training.
Neil Harrison, Head of Research and Planning at TMP Worldwide says: ‘The message from graduates is really quite clear – employers that fail to invest in training programmes risk losing the new recruits that they took significant time and effort to recruit and train. Having survived the economic downturn, companies that fail to invest in training could go to the wall as valued employees jump ship for better career offers.’
The research also showed over 90 per cent of final year students believe organisations that continue to invest in their people will come out of the recession stronger. While they acknowledge training budgets may have shrunk they demand honesty about training opportunities from employers during the interview process.