Employers give college graduates high marks



    Survey shows 92.6% of employers satisfied

    TORONTO, April 10 /CNW/ - Ontario college graduates have once again
received high marks from employers, with more than 90 per cent of surveyed
employers expressing satisfaction with graduates hired within the past year.
    "Employers are hiring college graduates because they have the skills and
knowledge to succeed in the workplace," said Barbara Taylor, chair of the
committee of presidents for Colleges Ontario. "The data shows that colleges
are providing the skills training and education that are vital to Ontario's
future. Our graduates are making a huge contribution to the economy and will
be even more essential in the years ahead."
    The employer satisfaction rates are part of the annual KPI results
released annually. The KPIs, which measure the success rates and satisfaction
levels for students and graduates, are collected by an independent research
firm for the colleges and for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities.
    In recent years, the KPIs have found high approval ratings among
students, graduates and employers, and that trend continued in this data,
which was collected from March 2006 to February 2007. The provincial findings
were:

    
    -   92.6 per cent of employers were satisfied with the quality of the
        educational preparation of college graduates
    -   90.1 per cent of college graduates found employment within six months
        of graduation
    -   82 per cent of graduates were satisfied with the usefulness of their
        college education in achieving their goals after graduation
    -   77.4 per cent of students were satisfied with the overall quality of
        services, programming and resources available to them.
    

    Students did indicate that they wish to see improvements in the quality
of programs and services available. Taylor said the colleges continue to work
with the federal and provincial governments to address the ongoing need for
improved funding for colleges.

    Colleges Ontario is the voice of Ontario's 24 colleges of applied arts
and technology. Ontario colleges serve about 200 communities throughout the
province, delivering a wide range of career-focused education and training
programs to more than 150,000 full-time and 350,000 part-time students.





For further information:

For further information: Darrell Neufeld, Senior Communications Officer,
(416) 596-0744, ext. 242, neufeld@collegesontario.org


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