According to a recent CIPD Press release the two main areas to encourage youth employment are to improve work experience for youngsters & to increase the amount of work placements that are available.
The chartered institute of personnel development (CIPD) is teaming up with the Jobcentre Plus to launch a new work experience guide with the aim to dispel negative perceptions towards work placements. The emphasis is to improve the quality of work experience placements in the UK, with an overall outlook to improve the employability of young job seekers in the labour market.
The new work experience guide will encourage employers to raise the quality of work experience, by providing more meaningful work experience that will enable young job seekers to gain a foothold in the labour market. The economic downturn hit young people harder than any other group, with a significant percentage unable to secure their first job role.
The new guide will support the government’s initiative, Get Britain Working, by improving work experience placements for young people aged between 18 to 24. The aim is to offer job seekers their first positive & practical experience of work which is at the very core of the advice.
Katerina RÃ¼diger, Skills Policy Adviser, CIPD, said: “Employers can be reluctant to employ a young person with no work experience as they see them as a risk rather than as a productive employee, especially in difficult economic times. Managed properly, though, a work experience placement can benefit both the individual and the employer. This guide will be a great tool for employers wishing to run quality work experience programmes.
“The CIPD is committed to promoting good practice in the workplace at every opportunity and we know that work experience placements are an important tool for tackling the problem of youth unemployment.”
Employment Minister Chris Grayling added:
“Getting hands-on work experience in a business can really improve young people’s confidence, employability and prospects in the jobs market.
“Employers are of course key to getting young people into work – I would urge organisations to consider offering placements to help make use of the talent and enthusiasm of young people but also as a way of introducing individuals to the modern world of work.”