Thursday, June 16, 2016

Employers who only hire graduates are missing out, says senior executive at IFB2016 - LIVERPOOL ECHO

by Tony MacDonough 
Originally published: June 15, 2016
Publisher: Liverpoolecho.co.uk

Stobart Group director Kate Willard said a policy of hiring just people with degrees was 'bonkers'.

Employers who insist on job candidates having degrees are missing out on talented people.

That was the view put forward at IFB2016 by Kate Willard, a senior executive of the Stobart Group.

Speaking at one of the IFB’s ‘Blue Skies’ events , Ms Willard said that insisting on degrees for many top jobs was “bonkers”. She told the audience at the Business of Diversity in The Workplace that she left school before taking her A levels.

“So I didn’t do a degree but now I am a director of a FTSE250 company, I chair two regeneration boards and I am a director of the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres,” said Ms Willard.

“If any of those had made having a degree a prerequisite of employing me I would not have had any of those jobs.”