A mismatch exists between employers’ expectations of young people during the recruitment process and what young people think is expected of them. This is hindering the flow of younger workers into the labour market.
The CIPD report, entitled Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus, found the following were contributing to high levels of youth unemployment:
- Employers saying they require ‘experience,’ creating a vicious cycle for young people who don’t have access to opportunities
- A lack of feedback or encouragement is de-motivating young people
- Opaque and length selection and recruitment processes prevent young people from understanding what employers want
- Poor careers advice and guidance in schools, coupled with a lack of support for young people transitioning from education to work
On the flipside, employers were also suffering from poor-quality applications from desperate youngsters, who were firing off CVs in a scattergun approach.
Peter Cheese, CEO at the CIPD, said: This mismatch needs to be addressed, not only to reduce youth unemployment and the long-term impact it can have on young people, but also to ensure UK businesses are equipped with the right talent for the future.”