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CIPD - Employers need more encouragement and support to take on young people and reverse the youth unemployment trend

New report on the business case for investing in young people shows that businesses need young people as much as young people need jobs

Six in ten employers don’t offer any routes into their organisation for non-graduates. That’s according to new research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), launched recently at a Department for Work and Pensions Employer Forum hosted by the CBI. The research is the latest output from the CIPD’s Learning to Work campaign, designed to encourage more employers to invest in tomorrow’s workforce.

The CIPD’s research, based on a survey of almost 800 employers, reveals that the majority of employers (71%) believe they have a role to play in tackling youth unemployment but a quarter of employers have not employed anyone aged 16-24 in the last 12 months, whether graduates or not, and only 56% plan to do so in the coming year. The survey also underlines the CIPD’s concerns that too few employers are engaging with young people at school or college to build their employability skills or providing work experience placements, apprenticeships, internships or entry level jobs for young people.

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