HC Deb 30 October 2003 vol 412 cc363-4W
Mr. Brady

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the percentage of graduates who are employed in jobs requiring a graduate qualification three years after graduation. [134340]

Mr. Charles Clarke

Survey evidence suggests that, three years after graduation 65 per cent. of employed graduates are in jobs for which their academic qualifications are a prerequisite. A further 14 per cent. of graduates undertake jobs which do not necessarily

deliver progression for pupils post-16. One of the key issues my right hon. Friend has asked Mike Tomlinson's 14 to 19 Working Group to consider is a stronger and more coherent vocational offer across the whole 14 to 19 phase. The group's recommendations are due in summer 2004.