Universities not producing graduates that businesses need, poll finds

August 9, 2016

Canadian universities are not providing the graduates that the country's businesses need, according to a survey of 823 business leaders. 41% of the survey's respondents believed that universities in their province were doing a good job of preparing graduates to meet employers’ needs, while 31% said they were doing a poor job. While the poll did not ask respondents to explain their reasons for dissatisfaction, Modus Research CEO Charlie Graves says other research has shown business executives often complain about the lack of “soft” skills among graduates, such as good communication, writing, and strategic thinking. He believes that a shifting focus toward technical training is preparing people to fill skilled jobs, but is leaving other gaps that can frustrate employers. Globe and Mail (Subscription Required)