Eight in ten organisations now employ at least one young person

According to new CIPD research, the number of organisations which employ young people (aged 16-24) has risen to almost eight in ten (79%), compared to less than three quarters (73%) last year.

The professional body for HR and people development also found that small and medium sized employers (SMEs) are lagging behind larger organisations when it comes to offering opportunities and engaging with young people. 

The survey of more than 850 HR professionals, conducted as part of the CIPD’s Learning to Work programme, found that less than six in ten (58%) of SMEs currently employ anyone aged 16-24, compared to more than nine in ten large organisations (93%).

Katerina Rüdiger, Head of Volunteering and Employability Campaigns at the CIPD,said: “As employment levels continue to improve it’s encouraging to see that more organisations are employing young people and developing their own talent pipelines by doing so. Large employers in particular are more likely to offer a range of entry level opportunities compared to this time last year, including Apprenticeships, graduate schemes and work experience placements. Many are also taking other steps to help young people, such as engaging with local schools and colleges, which shows a genuine commitment to supporting education to work transitions. 

“However, as a high proportion of jobs in the UK are created by SMEs, it’s essential that they are also equipped to bring in and nurture younger workers and have the information they need to create a clear youth engagement strategy. Only once they too are engaged with tackling youth unemployment can we be confident that the problem has been truly cracked.”