Times are difficult for young people and many 16-24 year olds find themselves as NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training). According to Labour Market Statistics there were 920,000 unemployed 16-24 year olds between September and November 2013. So, what can we do to help young people, and equally how can they help you?
At Investors in People, we believe in realising the potential of people. Giving people the opportunities to succeed is at the heart of our ethos and we recognise the value young people can bring. One of the biggest challenges businesses face is finding the right people to help them grow. We’ve learnt from the best that recruiting and developing young people is a great way to build a dynamic and productive workforce.
Investors in People knows that young people are creative, ambitious and inventive. They take the initiative, motivate others and offer fresh perspectives to take your organisation to where it wants to be.
The issue: Just 27% of UK businesses have taken on a young person in the past year. This results in a Catch 22 situation for young people – can’t get a job without experience, can’t get experience without a job.
“If we want young people who are ready for the workplace, we need to be ready to help build their employability skills”
Valerie Todd, Talent and Resources Director for Crossrail Ltd. and Chair of Investors in People
Proudly, IIP works with many organisations that see the real impact of investing in young people. Investors in People businesses are twice as likely to offer apprenticeships than the average UK employer. Are you an Investor in People?
Opening up your business to young people is worth it. If you are still unconvinced, take a look at our Grow Your Own e-book to find out more on:
Are you an organisation that wants new ideas, modern viewpoints, and energetic minds? Employ a young person, achieve IIP accreditation and your organisation will reap the rewards.