CIPD Reports Over Half of Graduates Overqualified for their Role - Is it time to encourage different career paths?

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A recent report has indicated that over-qualification has reached “saturation point”, with more than half of all UK graduates working in roles that do not require a degree.

Today, ICS Learn is the only CIPD Approved Centre to offer the full range of CIPD qualifications.

A recent report has indicated that over-qualification has reached “saturation point”, with more than half of all UK graduates working in roles that do not require a degree.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) report showed that around 58.8% of those coming out of university are currently working in roles that are not designed for graduates and do not require a degree, and that the number of university graduates has now “significantly outstripped” the number of highly-skilled jobs being created. The CIPD has said that this should act as a warning about the career path we encourage young people to follow.

Chief executive of the CIPD, Peter Cheese said:

"The assumption that we will transition to a more productive, higher-value, higher-skilled economy just by increasing the conveyor belt of graduates is proven to be flawed.”

The report unveiled that mass-production of graduates is creating problems, including for employers who ask that applicants have degrees for roles traditionally filled by non-graduates - even though there has been no changes to the skills required for the role.

The result is that graduates are now replacing non-graduates in jobs where there was previously no demand for graduate skills. This has been particularly evident in the construction sector, where apprenticeships are the traditional route into the industry.

The report highlighted two areas for development. First, that more high-skilled jobs must be generated to prevent graduates skills being “simply wasted”, and secondly that it may be a better choice for young people to pursue an apprenticeship or some other form of non-university education.

A spokesman for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said:

"We are providing the right mix of university places and apprenticeships to ensure more people have the opportunity to advance their careers and businesses to get the skills they need to grow.”

The CIPD has also produced a guide - “Great expectations: a careers guide for parents” - in order to help both parents and young people understand the different routes into a successful career and different learning and training options available to them.

If you are considering an alternative route to getting the career you want, you should consider online learning with ICS Learn.

ICS Learn – Trusted CIPD Approved Centre for Over 25 Years

For over 25 years, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Europe’s largest professional HR and people development body, have accredited ICS Learn as an approved CIPD training provider. CIPD’s continuous endorsement demonstrates ICS Learn’s position as a trusted and high quality provider of internationally recognised professional qualifications in personnel development and management.

Today, ICS Learn is the only CIPD Approved Centre to offer the full range of CIPD qualifications. CIPD qualifications, recognised across private and public sectors throughout Europe, provide an understanding of human resources (HR) and Learning & Development (L&D) necessary for building a successful and sustainable business.

CIPD Qualifications with ICS Learn

ICS Learn deliver CIPD qualifications through affordable and flexible distance learning courses, designed to allow individuals to develop their skills and knowledge and advance their career in human resources HR and L&D.

CIPD Human Resource Practice

For an introduction to fundamental HR management principles and acquiring the practical skills and knowledge necessary for personnel development and management, ICS Learn offer the CIPD Level 3 Certificate in Human Resource Practice. For those looking to cover more subject areas and earn more credits, ICS Learn also offer the Level 3 Diploma in Human Resource Practice.

CIPD Human Resource Management

To further specialist knowledge and skills in the field of HR management, ICS Learn offer intermediate and advanced courses leading to CIPD qualifications in Human Resource Management. These include the undergraduate level CIPD Level 5 Certificate and CIPD Level 5 Diploma, and postgraduate level human resource courses for HR practitioners, the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Certificate and the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma.

CIPD Individual Awards

For those looking to improve or refresh their knowledge of a specific HR and L&D area, ICS Learn also offer short courses at both foundation and advanced level for bite-sized CIPD qualifications.

Foundation CIPD Level 3 Awards courses are ideal for those looking for an entry-level introduction to a specific HR area. The courses ICS Learn offer include: Understanding Organisations and the Role of HR; Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employment Relations; Resourcing Talent; Recording, Analysing and Using Human Resources Information; Preparing and Designing L&D Activities; Developing Yourself as an Effective HR Practitioner; and, Developing Mentoring Skills for the Workplace.

Intermediate CIPD Level 5 Awards courses are best suited to those who want to develop their existing HR knowledge, in relation to areas such as: Business Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources; Contemporary Developments in Employment Relations; Using Information in Human Resources; Reward Management; Managing and Co-ordinating the HR Function; Employment Law; and, Developing Professional Practice.

Advanced CIPD Level 7 Awards in Human Resources are perfect for those looking for specialist and in-depth knowledge of a specific HR subject area, such as: Employment Law; Leadership; Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective; Learning and Talent Development; Managing Employment Relations; Resourcing and Talent Management; and, Reward Management.

ICS Learn – Providing CIPD Training for 25 Years and Counting…

ICS Learn has been helping people achieve professional HR CIPD accredited qualifications for over 25 years. Their vast experience as a professionally accredited training provider allows them to offer innovative, effective and affordable CIPD courses, designed to let students learn to their own timetable and at their own pace. ICS Learn’s students study for CIPD qualifications where they want, when they want, how they want.

For more information about ICS Learn’s CIPD approved Human Resources courses and CIPD qualifications, please click on the following link:

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