Graduates find work near home

By Sam Hurley

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Hawke's Bay graduates are more likely to find work within the Bay than elsewhere and will find employment in their chosen field of expertise 88 per cent of the time, EIT statistics say.

Eastern Institute of Technology director of policy and projects Patrick Jones said from just over 6000 mainstream government-subsidised students in 2013, 95 per cent of graduates who responded to a survey said they found work within New Zealand and only 15 per cent left Hawke's Bay and Gisborne to seek employment.

He said 88 per cent of the graduates who replied noted the qualification was highly or partly relevant to their job.

During 2013, 37 per cent of students at EIT were involved in degree level study, with the most popular degrees being Bachelor of Nursing, 30 per cent, and Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Computing Systems, 20 per cent.

Mr Patrick said 56 per cent of students in degree level study were under the age of 25.

"In 2013, 29 per cent of all our EIT students were involved in diploma level study, the most popular diploma area being business and IT diplomas, with 37 per cent of diploma students studying in these areas."

Also in 2013, 34 per cent of all the institute's students were involved in certificate level study, 50 per cent of whom were in a trades or agriculture/horticulture certificate.

Immigration New Zealand states those with expertise in agriculture and forestry, construction, engineering, health and social services, oil and gas, and trades will find it easier to find work.

Source: 2013 graduate destination survey of 2012 EIT graduates.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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