I refer to your article 'Graduates not up to scratch' (NCE 21 January) and would question whether this applies to students who have chosen the sandwich course route to graduation. The combination of academic and professional training integral to the sandwich approach produces graduates who have the management and team work skills which employers seek.
Certainly this works for the University of Surrey, where the latest employment statistics show that the majority of students in employment were in permanent graduate posts within six months of graduation.
Out of the 80 civil engineering graduates in 1997 - the latest date for which figures are available - only two were known to be in search of work.
Communication skills, problem solving and team-building form an integral part of the Surrey degree programme and this, together with a structured professional training programme, produces highly employable graduates.
John Wright (M), University of Surrey, Guidford GU2 5XH