17 August 2012 10:04
Employers have said that a degree is not the only route to a successful career, and taking a year off will not always harm a potential employee's job prospects.
Graduate recruiters are increasingly looking at different ways to select and train school leavers, and also consider vocational courses worthwhile, according to Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR).
A survey published separately by the Adecco Group today suggests that nearly two thirds (65%) of the UK's workforce believe that the A-level system is failing to prepare young people for the working world.
Around one in 10 of 1,114 employees questioned (11%) said that the exams are a valuable foundation for working life.