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Graduate training and development: current trends and issues

Helen Connor (Helen Connor Research and Consultancy (HCRC), North Moreton, UK)
Sue Shaw (HRM & Organisational Behaviour Division, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Manchester, UK)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 27 June 2008




The purpose of this paper is to introduce a selection of papers on the subject of graduate training and development, covering current trends and issues.


The paper outlines the special issue which identifies developments in the field of training for graduates, recruitment, their transition to work, and their continuous development.


The papers discuss various ways that generational differences play in competitiveness and success among graduates and it is argued that “Generation Y” possess very different characteristics from their predecessor generations. Companies have become more wise to recruitment, managing the pool of talent with potential positions in mind.


This paper, a part of the special issue, considers recent developments in the field of graduate recruitment and development.



Connor, H. and Shaw, S. (2008), "Graduate training and development: current trends and issues", Education + Training, Vol. 50 No. 5, pp. 357-365.



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