New recommendations to support graduate employment in Yorkshire

Yorkshire Universities, a regional partnership of 12 higher education institutions in Yorkshire, has published a new report detailing how universities, students, employers and regional institutions can together help more graduates in Yorkshire get into work or start up in business. 

The publication, Supporting Graduate Employment and Employability in Yorkshire, was written by a multi-stakeholder Task and Finish Group which included representatives from many Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) members and our Higher Level Skills Manager. 

The report recognises the importance of increased collaboration between a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including education partners in the region; local and sub-regional governance institutions; businesses and employers; and students and graduates themselves. 

Eight priority areas have been identified in order to support graduate employment: 

  1. Readiness for the changing nature of work.
  2. In-study and work experience opportunities.
  3. Tailored careers and enterprise support.
  4. Models to connect graduates to graduate-level jobs.
  5. Common messaging on the value of graduates.
  6. Clearer entry points and lines of communication with HE providers.
  7. Aligned strategic priorities and strengthened partnerships.
  8. Data sharing and analysis for effective strategy and action.

More detail about each area can be read in the report.

GHWY is committed to working in collaboration with our members and partners to reduce inequalities in access to, success in and progression from higher education in West Yorkshire.  

Our Go Higher Skills Group is actively contributing to collaborative projects advancing progress in these areas – including an upcoming communication advising employers on the value of graduates, and providing crucial links between employers and regional institutions and 13 higher education providers in West Yorkshire. 

For more information about how GHWY is supporting graduate employment in West Yorkshire, please contact Higher Level Skills Manager Nichola Cassé at