Through an agreement signed with the Government of Catalonia, Fundació Bancària la Caixa and the Agency collaborate in carrying out the study on the transition of graduates in Catalonia from higher education to employment from the point of view of employers.
The purpose of the study, which complements the three-yearly survey of the employment outcomes of graduates from universities in Catalonia, is to understand the perceptions of employers about the skills and education of recent graduates. In addition to a generic survey (for all economic sectors as a whole), separate surveys adapted for the sectors of public services and administration, education, medicine and nursing have also been carried out. This sectoral distinction has provided improved information on skills requirements in each of these sectors and employer satisfaction with recent graduates and the level of skills acquisition by students during their time at university. The purpose is for universities to develop policies leading to improvements in the university system in terms of academic provision and programmes of study, and thereby ensure that higher education qualifications better match labour market needs.
The collaboration agreement between Obra Social la Caixa and AQU Catalunya was renewed in 2016 to enable the 2017-2019 survey to be carried out, thereby giving continuity to the project.
Given that one of the strengths of the first survey was the surveys and separate reports for various different sectors, the second survey is being extended to cover sixteen individual sectors, in addition to the generic survey. This will make it possible to identify the characteristics of each sector, in particular specific skill requirements. The sixteen sectors are: humanities and cultural industries, design, public services and administration, legal services, media, finance and insurance, consulting, tourism, schools and education institutions, nursing, medicine, biosciences, pharmacy, ICT, production engineering and logistics, and construction and building.
The project consists of three main stages: the first stage involves the design of the various surveys, the gathering of information from the employers database and field work; the second will involve a sector-based data analysis; and the last stage will see the various reports being drawn up and disseminated.