New Skills Consulting: Graduate business solutions

Public Knowledge was commissioned by New Skills Consulting to evaluate opinions of SME businesses in the North East with regards to graduate placements on behalf of graduate placement provider Entrust.

A Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) methodology was identified as being most suitable to collect data from a business sample and Public Knowledge sourced the contact data for North East SME’s (defined as companies employing less than 250 employees) from a reputable data supplier.

The 15-20 minute survey was designed to assess the opinions of both businesses that do and don’t currently employ graduates and a small pilot sample was undertaken to ensure there were no issues with the survey routing and question clarity.

A sample of 360 interviews was conducted in total and quotas were implemented to ensure a spread of businesses according to location, sector and size of the business.

All of the data was processed by Public Knowledge in-house as part of a larger project to explore businesses opinions of graduate placements being conducted by our partner New Skills Consulting.

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