Employers say Ontario college grads well prepared for workplace

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Employers say Ontario college grads well prepared for workplace

TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Ninety-two per cent of employers were very satisfied or satisfied with how well college graduates were prepared for the workplace, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities said today in releasing the latest Employment Profile of college graduates.
The annual Employment Profile of college graduates also shows that 89 per cent of college graduates in Ontario found work within six months, with almost two-thirds finding work in their field of study. In addition, 81 per cent of graduates indicated they were very satisfied or satisfied with their college education.
"The high level of employer and student satisfaction, combined with excellent employment rates, demonstrates the value of a college education in preparing young people for a good job - and indicates that students are using the information from the Employment Profile when deciding on their future," said Cunningham.
The Employment Profile is a summary of employment information about college students who graduated in 2000-01. It is based on responses from 35,033 of a total of 46,820 college graduates. The data was collected six months after students graduated. More than 7,900 employers were surveyed.
Employment rates for college graduates is just one of the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that are collected annually to measure and report on the postsecondary system. Other indicators include graduation rates, student satisfaction, graduate satisfaction and employer satisfaction rates.
Since 2000-01, the Ontario government has used the KPI measures of graduate and employer satisfaction and graduate employment to allocate part of the colleges' operating grants.
"Our government made a commitment to provide students and their parents with the relevant information they need to make informed choices about their futures - and we're making this information easily accessible," said Cunningham.
The full Employment Profile report and individual institutional Key Performance Indicators are available on the ministry Website: for the employment profile:
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/serials/eprofile00-01/index.html; and for the institutional KPIs:
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/postsec/colindicator.html.

Backgrounder

Employment Profile for graduates shows performance of Ontario colleges

The government collects Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that show how each postsecondary institution is performing in key areas such as the percentage of students who graduate and go on to employment in their areas of study, the levels of student and employer satisfaction and graduation rates for universities and colleges. The following chart shows KPI results for Ontario colleges.

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KPI Results Collected in 2001-02
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Graduate Employer Student
Colleges Graduate Satisfac- Satisfac- Satisfac- Graduation
Employment tion tion tion Rate
% % % % %
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Algonquin 87.5 79.5 88.8 72.5 62.2
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Boréal 82.9 87.6 95.0 76.3 70.8
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Cambrian 87.8 82.5 92.3 81.1 58.7
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Canadore 86.4 81.7 92.6 75.8 63.2
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Centennial 84.3 77.7 89.2 76.8 50.6
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La Cité 91.4 79.4 92.6 74.1 50.2
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Conestoga 92.0 84.1 93.1 81.4 63.2
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Confederation 87.0 84.3 87.2 78.1 64.4
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Durham 89.2 80.4 87.2 78.6 59.8
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Fanshawe 91.4 81.5 92.2 74.2 55.0
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George Brown 85.8 79.7 92.0 63.8 59.6
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Georgian 92.4 86.1 90.8 75.4 58.1
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Humber 88.9 81.6 90.9 76.3 56.3
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Lambton 90.9 82.1 93.7 78.0 63.9
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Loyalist 91.1 84.5 94.0 76.0 54.3
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Mohawk 91.0 84.3 90.7 69.7 52.4
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Niagara 89.7 79.3 93.8 80.8 53.9
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Northern 84.0 84.0 96.5 69.9 59.8
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St. Clair 90.5 81.2 92.2 68.2 50.4
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St. Lawrence 92.8 84.8 95.4 72.8 66.1
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Sault 88.5 85.1 91.6 78.1 52.9
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Seneca 85.3 79.8 92.1 77.2 49.4
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Sheridan 90.0 79.7 91.9 68.0 69.3
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Sir Sandford 88.4 81.6 93.1 78.5 60.5
Fleming
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Provincial 88.7 81.4 91.7 74.4 57.3
Average
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For further information: Contacts: Dave Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2709; Andrew Bennett, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748