British Council's Education UK Employer's Initiative
Pakistani students at UK universities now have better access to information about the Pakistani job market than ever before, thanks to a corporate initiative by the British Council's Education UK (EdUK) and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). Launched at a reception at the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi in November 2011, the scheme aims to bridge the gap between the more than 10,000 Pakistanis studying at UK institutions and local and international companies back home. It will enable students and potential employers to meet at careers fairs in the UK, foster research into job market trends, and lead to the development of an online directory of Pakistani employers interested in employingUKgraduates. 'This opens up new doors for graduates and employers alike,' said Nadia Kamran Head of Education UK in Pakistan. 'Graduates can find job opportunities that match their skill set and companies stand to benefit from the high standards and competence of UK qualified graduates.’ Francis Campbell, British Deputy High Commissioner andDirector ofUKTrade& Investment, Pakistan added: 'This corporate initiative provides organisations with a chance to recruit an international-standard, UK-qualified workforce.’ Taking place at theUniversities of Glasgow, Manchester, Brunel and Hertfordshire, the careers fairs, which will be open to students and staff from five neighbouring universities, will offer sessions on topics such as social entrepreneurship and the Pakistani job market. They will be run by business leaders, trainers and consultants from Pakistan and aimed at Asian students, as well as university careers advisers. The improved networking and communication between UK and Pakistani businesses and universities should give the graduates of the future a great advantage. 'We want to improve the profile of UK students who come back to Pakistan,' s a i d E d u c a t i o n UK Manager Hina Baloch. 'All the students who were coming back to Pakistan for the summer break or after their degrees did not know where to find jobs. With the post-study work [visa] path closing, a lot of students will have to come back, so we wanted to showcase UK education as an investment in the future.' The EdUK-UKTI careers fairs will take place in early 2012.