CIPD Survey indicates higher employer engagement in schools

23 July 2014

The latest research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has some positive news for young jobseekers. Youth unemployment (16-24 year olds) is still much higher than the average UK unemployment rate, but the CIPD Employee Outlook Survey: Spring 2014 gives evidence that attitudes towards young people are starting to change.

40% of employers now offer work experience and over 1/3 have increased their work experience provision in the last year. Work experience is crucial in the highly competitive job market, and since the mandatory key stage 4 work experience block was removed in 2011, is something many school leavers have been lacking. The fact that more employers are open to work experience students is encouraging.

In addition to an increase in work experience opportunities, employers are also mentoring young jobseekers and engaging with local schools. One example of this is through the Bridge Builders Mentoring scheme. We partner with large organisations such as Enterprise Rent a Car to provide school-based mentoring, work experience opportunities and skills workshops. Investment in the future workforce is something that is very important to the organisations we work with.

The CIPD is pleased that employers are getting more involved with young people but advises that there is still a lot more that they, and the government, could do.

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At Bridge Builders Mentoring, we believe that the gap between young men from poor socio-economic backgrounds and their full potential is never too large to overcome. Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme provides young men the opportunity to gain additional support and guidance from adult mentors from professional backgrounds, who are experienced in life and work. Together, they can define, explore and overcome the problems that are so often associated with a low economic background.

The Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme is a charity providing low cost services for young men. Any donations are greatly needed and appreciated. We rely on the support of our corporate sponsors and generous individuals to keep our work running and enable us to change the lives of young men throughout the UK.
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