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The business case for employer investment in young people

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The business case for employer investment in young people

Published September 2012

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There is a clear business case for the recruitment of young people: investing in young people supports long-term productivity and competitiveness in an ageing society, shaped by fast-paced technological change and an increasingly global market. On an organisational level too, recruiting young people brings benefits such as workforce development and building a talent pipeline, improving workforce diversity and bringing new ideas and skills into the workplace.

Many leading employers are already investing in young people in a variety of ways or are on the cusp of doing so. But we need many more to follow suit and have a strategic, long-term approach to grow their own workforce and bring young people into their organisations. It’s the right thing to do from a business as well as a social perspective.

This report explores why we need to make a business case for employing young people – what a business case looks like, how organisations can invest in young people, and the support employers need in order to take the important step of recruiting young people. It is part of our wider Learning to Work campaign and literature, which aims to achieve a step-change in employer engagement with young people.

Find out more about our Learning to Work campaign

For the most compelling reasons to employ young people, read our pamphlet Investing in young people: why your business can't afford to miss out

For the findings of our survey of employer attitudes to young workers, see our Learning to Work survey report