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Research reveals 83 per cent of college graduates secure employment within six months


(TORONTO, April 19, 2017) – As Ontario’s college system celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, new research confirms college education continues to be an effective and swift route to employment.


The provincial Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) released today show 83 per cent of Ontario’s most recent college graduates found employment within six months of graduation.


“Colleges are experts at helping people find rewarding careers,” said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. “Our graduates’ professional and technical expertise will be even more important in the years ahead as new technology and automation create a heightened demand for a more highly qualified workforce.”


Other KPI results released today also show strong support for the quality of programs provided to students:

  • More than 91 per cent of employers were either satisfied or very satisfied with the graduates they hired.

  • Seventy-eight per cent of college graduates were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of their education.

  • About 77 per cent of students were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of their education.


The provincial government and the colleges have been gathering the annual data on college results since 1998. The most recent KPIs were gathered by two independent research firms in the period from March 2016 to February 2017.


Ontario’s colleges offer about 900 programs that prepare people for a wide range of careers in everything from IT, paramedicine, aviation, advertising and the skilled trades to game development, biotechnology, 3D manufacturing and much more. The range of credentials has grown over the years to include certificate, diploma, degree, graduate certificate, joint-degree and apprenticeship programs.


“Colleges work closely with business and industry leaders to ensure our programs are at the forefront of new innovations and advancements in the economy,” Franklin said. “College graduates will continue to fuel Ontario’s economy and long-term prosperity.”


The full KPI report is available here.


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