Informed choices lead college grads to jobs in the workforce
TORONTO, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - Ninety per cent of college graduates in Ontario found work within six months, with almost two-thirds finding work in their field of study, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities said today in releasing the latest Employment Profile of college graduates.
"This demonstrates that students are making informed choices about programs that are successfully preparing them for jobs in the workforce," said Cunningham.
"We made a Blueprint commitment to provide students and their parents with the relevant information they need to make informed choices about their futures based on real information," said Cunningham. "We are meeting that commitment, and we have taken steps to ensure this important information is easily accessible to students."
The annual Employment Profile of college graduates also shows that 91.3 per cent of employers were very satisfied or satisfied with how well their employees were prepared for the workplace. More than 80 per cent of graduates also indicated they were very satisfied or satisfied with their college education.
The Employment Profile is a summary of employment information about college students who graduated in 1998-99. It is based on responses from 31,286 of a total of 42,190 college graduates. The data was collected six months after students graduated. More than 6,200 employers were surveyed.
Employment rates for college graduates is just one of the Key Performance Indicators that are collected annually to measure and report on the postsecondary system. Other indicators include Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP) default rates, graduation rates, and student satisfaction and employer satisfaction rates.
The full Employment Profile report and links to individual institutional Key Performance Indicators are available on the Ministry Website at www.edu.gov.on.ca.
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For further information: Dave Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2709; Kerry Delaney, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1625