Learning to Work: Engaging employers in tackling youth unemployment
Learning to Work is an action-focused campaign to tackle the problem of youth unemployment. The overall aim of the campaign is to achieve a shift in employer engagement with young people, so that they are encouraged both to help young people prepare for the workplace and to make the labour market itself more youth-friendly, by offering a wider range of access routes into organisations and adapting recruitment methods.
The three key strands of the challenge
Raising awareness and understanding of the role that HR professionals and employers can play in supporting young people in their transition from education to the workplace
Establishing the business case for employing young people
Developing a package of actions for employers, to help prepare young people for work
Read our reports
Survey findings show that employers believe they have a role to play in tackling youth unemployment but a quarter of employers in the last year have not recruited in this age group.
View our survey report
Part of our Learning to Work campaign, this report highlights the business benefits of recruiting young people, how to do so successfully, and what support employers need.
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Part of our Learning to Work campaign, this pamphlet outlines compelling reasons for businesses to recruit younger workers and provides advice and support to employers in offering opportunities to young people.
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A discussion paper which examines the challenges faced by employers of young people and sets out the CIPD vision and commitment to addressing the issues.
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Part of our Learning to Work campaign, this research explores the mismatch between the expectations of employers and young people at the recruitment stage and makes recommendations on overcoming this. Includes a leaflet containing practical advice on how to attract, select and recruit young people.
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Throughout this campaign we will draw on the resource of CIPD members, delivering real engagement with young people to boost their future employability and job prospects. We will build on the work we have already begun in this area, including:
Steps Ahead Mentoring - our mentoring programme, run in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus, in which CIPD members are working with unemployed young people to help improve their job prospects. We intend to roll this scheme out nationally.
Internships that work - our contribution to the Government’s professional code of practice for internships, which is largely based on our guidance.
Apprenticeships that work - our guidance for employers on how to develop high-quality apprenticeship schemes, developed in conjunction with UKCES.
Work experience placements that work - our guidance on work experience developed in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus.
Your CV, Your style, Your job – our guidance for young people on writing CVs and covering letters, and giving interview tips