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Investing in young people: why your business can't afford to miss out

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Investing in young people: why your business can't afford to miss out

Published September 2012

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There are many business benefits that young workers can bring to an organisation, some of which may not be immediately apparent to employers.  We believe that businesses need young people as much as young people need jobs, and believe that employers who bypass young people as a recruitment option are missing out on the range of positive effects they can offer. 

This pamphlet outlines what we believe to be the most compelling reasons for business employing young workers:

  • The opportunity to supply tomorrow’s talent, today

  • The unique skills, new ideas and enthusiasm young people can offer

  • The ability to harness the benefits of a truly diverse workforce

  • The positive effect to be had on employer brand and reputation

  • The cost-effectiveness of employing young workers.

The pamphlet includes input from employers in different sectors, who can testify to the benefits young workers have brought to their own workforce.  It also provides advice and support to employers looking to offer recruitment opportunities to young people, from internships and apprenticeships to graduate entry level roles.

For a fuller analysis of the issues, see our report The business case for employer investment in young people

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

Find out more about our Learning to Work Campaign