Research from CIPD shows that less than a third of employers hire 16-24s

As young people receive their GCSE results, new research from the CIPD has revealed that few employers are doing their bit to tackle youth unemployment.  According to the CIPD/Hays Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey 2013 , less than a third (29%) of employers are taking on more people aged 16-24.

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive at the CIPD, said: “Many 15-16 year olds and their parents will be nervously anticipating GCSE results. CIPD research has shown that many young people fear that they will struggle to find jobs and establish their future careers. Last week’s employment figures also highlighted that, while overall unemployment went down, youth unemployment is on the rise.

“There are some great examples of employers who are seeking to address this trend by implementing youth engagement strategies, creating apprenticeship opportunities or school leaver programmes. These organisations should be congratulated for their great work. However, there remains a significant proportion of employers who are not doing enough to engage with young people to help them to build the work skills they will need, and at the same time to build the future workforce their organisations need. Business has a key role to play in developing our young people in order to bridge employability gaps and skills mismatches. We cannot simply expect governments or education systems to churn out off-the-shelf employees.”