New research suggests that graduates who have undertaken placements transition better to the working world.

Commissioned by Tomorrow’s Talent, in association with professional resourcing firm Experis and CWJobs, the survey examined the difficulties of securing jobs in the IT sector.

It found that 91% of graduates who had completed a placement year as part of their course were employed at the time of the survey. This is a marked improvement on their counterparts without placements, 79% of whom were employed.

The study indicated a greater discrepancy between the two sets of subjects in their feelings of preparedness for their careers. 81% of graduates with placement credits felt the experience equipped them for their role, while only 41% of those without acknowledged that their degree had prepared them for work in the IT sector.

In light of these findings, however, there remains a scarcity of sandwich courses within the IT sector. Geoff Smith, Managing Director UK & Ireland of Experis, notes that only 470 of the 2,048 computing courses held in the UK offer a placement year.

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