No university degree? No jobs in the UK!

New research from the UK based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) suggests that the majority (roughly 60%) of UK companies don’t offer any opportunities for young people without a university degree to climb their ranks, let alone join the company.

The CIPD based their research findings on a survey of nearly 800 employers, and reveals that while almost three-quarters (71%) believe they have a role to play in tackling youth unemployment, a quarter hadn’t taken on anyone at all aged 16-24 in the last twelve months (i.e. graduates or non-graduates), with barely half (56%) planning to do so in the coming year.  However over 90% of those that have taken on young people report that they were either very (26%) or fairly (65%) satisfied with these recruits.

The report also underlines the CIPD’s concerns that not enough employers are engaging with young people at school or college to help them build up their employability skills, or providing sufficient work experience placements, internships, apprenticeships or entry-level jobs.

To encourage more organisations to tap into the benefits of recruiting young people, the CIPD’s report ‘The business case for employer investment in young people’ highlights a number of the practices required to improve the present situation, including: the need to build a pipeline of talent; the benefits of employing a diverse workforce to reflect an organisation’s customer base; the potential to boost an employer brand by demonstrating effective engagement with the local community; the cost-benefits associated with youth training and development; and advice on building work experience/apprenticeship programmes and developing effective links with schools, colleges and job-centres.

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