La Trobe University graduates among nation’s best in transitioning to the workplace

La Trobe University graduates are among the nation's best at transitioning to the workplace. Picture: NONI HYETT
La Trobe University graduates are among the nation's best at transitioning to the workplace. Picture: NONI HYETT

LATEST research has shown La Trobe University graduates are among the country’s best at successfully transitioning to the workforce, and have the best literacy and numeracy skills in Victoria.

Via the 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey, Australian employers rated La Trobe graduates’ overall abilities as second among Victorian universities and eighth nationally.

The survey gave La Trobe graduates a satisfaction rating of 86.6 per cent – 2.6 per cent above the national average.

In general literacy and numeracy, La Trobe ranked first in Victoria and fifth nationally.

Acting vice-chancellor Kerri-Lee Krause said the result was a reflection on the university’s focus in preparing graduates for the world of work.

“These results can be directly linked to our focused efforts to empower our students to develop the skills and capabilities that employers are looking for,” she said.

“Now more than ever it’s crucial our students are able to adapt and thrive in an increasingly complex and shifting work environment.

“Thanks to our unique initiatives, including our Career Ready program launched last year, our students are standing out in the workplace for their adaptability and other critical skills.”

The Career Ready program launched last year.

About 1500 La Trobe students graduate from campuses in Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton and Mildura each year, and the university claims the majority go on to work in regional Victoria.

In adaptive skills, La Trobe ranked second in Victoria and fifth nationally with 92.4 per cent of employers believing graduates could adapt in the workforce. The indicator also measured graduates’ ability to apply skills and work independently.

It also ranked above the national average for collaborative skills, and in technical skills.

The survey – the first of its kind in Australia – reported the views of more than 4000 supervisors about their perceptions of graduates from higher education institutions.