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Graduates: Architecture

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the availability of jobs for UK graduates in architecture. (257341)

Typically, architecture graduates have high employment rates with the latest available data from the ‘Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2006-07’ showing 93 per cent. of those with degrees in ‘architecture, building and planning’ in employment or further study six months after graduating. However, we recognise that the graduate labour market will not be immune from the effects of the economic downturn. Although indications suggest that overall vacancies are likely to fall, there will still be growth areas. Graduates will need to consider a wide range of jobs; look for jobs earlier; and do research on potential employers to maximise their chances of success. We are also considering a number of ways to provide real help and support for new graduates including new opportunities for internships; promoting volunteering; the development of entrepreneurial skills; and increasing the availability over the next two years of Professional and Career Development Loans.