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Businesses take action to reduce youth unemployment

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has released a report analysing recent trends in youth unemployment. The report marks two years since the CIPD launched ‘Learning to Work’ – a programme of work focused on increasing employer engagement with young people. The report, Employers: Learning to Work with young people, highlights…

DofE and Balfour Beatty join forces to give young employees a life-changing opportunity

The UK’s leading youth charity, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, has launched a new partnership with Balfour Beatty to enable many more young people take part in the DofE Award and boost their life and work prospects. The Charity has been partnering with businesses for over three years as part of its award-winning ‘DofE Business’…

Young people need to learn to develop their interview skills

A new poll out today indicates that by providing opportunities for young people to develop their interview skills and get some work experience under their belts, thousands more could secure employment. The ICM Research survey points to how Traineeships can give young people the skills employers are looking for. Over half (59%) of the employers…

National Minimum Wage should be abolished for apprentices and under-18s

The National Minimum Wage should be abolished for apprentices and under 18-year-olds in the UK to tackle persistently high youth unemployment. Fifteen years after its introduction, the current NMW framework has failed to reduce poverty and has significantly shrunk job opportunities for society’s most vulnerable: the young and unskilled. A new report, The Minimum Wage:…

Youth unemployment as bad now as in 1984

The number of people aged 16 to 24 in full-time education has more than doubled over the last 30 years 69% of young people not in full-time education were employed at the end of 2013 The proportion of young people undertaking work alongside full-time study has been falling since the year 2000 Young people are…

‘Pathetically dismal’ levels of apprenticeships in construction industry

A group of Parliamentarians is urging construction chiefs to tackle the sector’s growing training and apprenticeship crisis. In a report called No More Lost Generations: Creating Construction Jobs for Young People, the group’s joint-chairman Nick Raynsford MP said: “Construction apprenticeships have plummeted in the past few years. For 2013 the number completing their construction apprenticeship…

Hilton Worldwide pledges to open doors for 1 million young people by 2019

At the 2014 World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting, Hilton Worldwide announced a global commitment that aims to impact at least one million young people by 2019 by helping them to reach their full potential. This new initiative will open doors for young people in three ways: Connecting them to the world of travel by enabling them to experience new…

IT skills mismatch causes hiring difficulties for employers

Many UK businesses are calling for a relaxation in the visa restrictions that limit the number of skilled workers from outside the European Union (EU) that can enter the UK to work. Significant numbers of employers are struggling to fill key information and communication posts because of a mismatch between the skills that UK graduates…

James Blackhurst: bridging the skills gap with imagination

UK businesses are facing a long term labour shortage. Current employer data suggests that there will be 13.5 million job vacancies over the next 10 years, with only seven million young people leaving schools and colleges. How do employers fill the gaps and will apprenticeships alone solve the problem? The government’s commitment to apprenticeships has…

Bullying victims earn less wages and have less education

Victims of bullying are likely to earn lower than average wages, according to research to be published in the International Journal of Manpower. The study, led by Dr Nick Drydakis of Anglia Ruskin University, found that childhood bullying can lead to significant economic implications later in life. On average, victims of bullying earned 2.1% less than…