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College graduates get jobs

90.5% of graduates found jobs within six months

(TORONTO, April 9, 2008) – Ontario college graduates continue to have a distinct edge in the job market. More than 90 per cent of recent college graduates who entered the labour force found employment within six months, according to the provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released today.

Furthermore, employers give college graduates top marks, with 93 per cent of surveyed employers expressing satisfaction with graduates hired within the past year.

"Colleges continue to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today's high-tech workplace," said Linda Franklin, president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. "The results show that college graduates play a vital role in Ontario's prosperity and will be even more essential as the province faces a serious shortage of skilled workers over the next 20 years."

The KPI data are released annually. The KPIs, which measure the success rates and satisfaction levels for students and graduates, are collected by two independent research firms for the colleges and for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

In recent years, the KPIs have found high approval ratings among students, graduates and employers, and that trend continued in these data, which were collected from March 2007 to February 2008. The provincial findings were:

  • 93.1 per cent of employers were satisfied with the quality of the educational preparation of college graduates
  • 90.5 per cent of college graduates found employment within six months of graduation
  • 82.8 per cent of graduates were satisfied with the usefulness of their college education in achieving their goals after graduation
  • 77.9 per cent of students were satisfied with the overall quality of services, programming and resources available to them.

Franklin said college graduates have a big advantage in the job market, noting that a third of Ontario's workforce – 2.1 million people – has a college qualification, the largest group in the workforce.

Franklin said colleges are working with the Ontario government and other partners to attract greater numbers of students to help the province meet the challenge of a growing skills shortage. The Conference Board of Canada estimates Ontario could be short more than 360,000 skilled workers by 2025.

"The KPI data underscores the important contribution colleges and their graduates are making to Ontario," said Franklin. "We are building on this success to ensure Ontario has the skilled workforce it needs for future growth and prosperity."

Colleges Ontario is the voice of Ontario's 24 colleges of applied arts and technology. Ontario colleges serve about 200 communities throughout the province, delivering a wide range of career-focused education and training programs to more than 200,000 full-time and 250,000 part-time students.

2007 KPI Results (English)

2007 KPI Results (French)

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For more information, contact:

Darrell Neufeld
Senior Communications Officer
Colleges Ontario
416 596-0744, ext. 242
neufeld@collegesontario.org