29 Oct 2009

More students, but fewer jobs

5:50 pm on 29 October 2009

An increasing number of students are competing for fewer jobs, according to the Tertiary Education Commission.

Enrolments at universities, technical institutes, polytechnics and wananga are up by 8.4% on last year.

That means there are almost 16,000 additional students but the economic downturn has seen the number of jobs for graduates drop by half.

A Massey University student Mike Duindam, who is about to graduate in resource and environmental planning, told Nine to Noon that a recent job expo attracted only four companies which did not have a single position available. He says it normally hosts 15 to 20 employers.