Recruit more young people to help boost the workforce of the future, CIPD tells employers

Employers are being encouraged to recruit more young people to help boost youth employment and invest in the workforce of the future.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is keen to stress the benefits of a young workforce and is urging employers to provide work experience placements, entry level jobs and apprenticeships for young people, as well as to help boost their employability and career skills by engaging with them at school and college.

Research by the CIPD shows that while the majority of employers (71%) think they have a role to play in tackling youth unemployment, six in 10 managers do not offer any non-graduate opportunities into their organisation.

A quarter of employers have not recruited anyone aged 16-24 in the last 12 months, and only just more than half plan to do so over the next 12 months, the report adds.

But while many managers are put off investing in young people because of negative perceptions which discourages bosses from investing in them, the CIPD said more than one in four (26%) employers who have recruited a young person are very satisfied and 65% are fairly satisfied.

Peter Cheese, chief executive officer at the CIPD, said: "Employing young people has clear benefits to business and society, but there is some work to do in encouraging and supporting more employers to take on and develop young people.

"Addressing the gap between perceptions and realist is a key priority for the CIPD's Learning to Work campaign - it's not only fundamental to reducing youth unemployment and and the long-term scarring effects it can have on young people, but it's also not essential in building our future skills base," he added.

The CIPD's report 'The business case for investing in young people' lays out the benefits to business of, and the practices needed to bring in, a young workforce through a number of case studies.

It was based on a survey of almost 800 employers and launched at a CBI-hosted Department for Work and Pensions Employer Forum as part of the CIPD's Learning to Work campaign.

Copyright Press Association 2012