New statistics show that 9 out of 10 of graduates from University Centre at Blackburn College are in work or further study just six months after graduation, for the second year in row.

In addition, 100 per cent of PGCE students were employed or in further study from last year’s intake and in reality only one of a large cohort was studying further.

Dr Janet Thompson, Dean of Higher Education at Blackburn College, said: “These new figures are a fantastic endorsement for the College, its staff and students. Our model of small class sizes, large amounts of support and the backing of UK Top 10 Lancaster University creates graduates who are in demand in the local job market.”

Figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show a significant increase in the number of graduates joining the UK workforce.

The OECD’s annual ‘Education at a Glance’ report shows more people now have a degree, rather than just school-level qualifications.

This is due to a rising number of people, particularly women, going to university.

The report shows 41 per cent of working people now have a degree-level qualification, which is up from 26 per cent in 2000.

It means the UK now has the highest proportion of graduates working in the European Union.

The OCED also said that public spending on education had been kept at high levels in the UK, despite the financial crisis.

Dr Thompson added: “The College hosted an extremely well attended University Centre Open Event last week and we received more than double the amount of attendees than the same event the year before.”

“Enrolment has just started and we’ve received a large number of students who have come ‘directly’ to the University Centre wanting to enrol for September 2014. We are managing to meet this demand at the moment and there are still select places available, but anyone wanting to study should do get in touch quickly as places are filling up.”


23 Sep 2014, 11:10 AM