Youth unemployment levels across the UK are expected to fall in the coming months due to a shift in the way employers are viewing young unemployed.
A report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) says that employers are no longer perceiving the young as “lazy” or “clueless” (as recorded in previous research carried out by the CIPD two years ago), but are instead providing more opportunities for them to grow and flourish.
The CIPD’s latest report suggests that now, four in ten employers are offering work experience, while over a third have increased their provision in the last year.
It also claims tat more employers are providing mentoring for young jobseekers, whilst others are working with local schools and the number of businesses offering apprenticeships is growing.
Katerina Rudiger, head of skills and policy campaigns at CIPD, said:[quote]It’s great to see so many employers stepping up their efforts to engage with young people, realising they cannot sit back and expect to be passive consumers of the education system.[/quote]
However, the CIPD is calling for more employers to do their bit for the country’s young and unemployed, as well as urging the government to also take action. The jobless rate among the 16-24 year old population is still several times the UK’s overall unemployment rate of 6.5%, and it is estimated that there are still around 817,000 young people currently out of work.
With the recent ‘jobs boom”, sources also say there is a risk of skills shortages up and down the country. A third of employers are worried about getting the skilled workers they need according to a poll by the Recruitment and Employment Confederaton (REC).Whilst there may be more jobs available and ample people to fill them, many employers worry about finding the right candidates to fill certain roles; particularly technical and engineering jobs.
REC chief executive Kevin Green said:[quote]Employers are going to have to work harder to attract candidates as the labour market booms and competition for talent hots up.
Skilled individuals are scarce in technology, engineering, construction and HGV driving, and some companies are already increasing pay to encourage more people to jump ship and join their workforce.”[/quote]
Katerina Rudinger says that in the run-up to the 2015 General Election, government parties should pledge their support to opportunities that enable young people to succeed in the labour market.
This could involve facilitating higher quality careers guidance, and expanding the number of better-quality apprenticeships.