Policy Report

Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus: addressing the young people/jobs mismatch

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Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus: addressing the young people/jobs mismatch

Published April 2013

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Our research reveals a clear mismatch between employers’ expectations of young people during the recruitment process and young people’s understanding of what is expected of them. This is hindering young people’s access to the labour market and contributing to high rates of youth unemployment. It is also causing a ticking time bomb of skills shortages for UK businesses, which are unwittingly cutting themselves off from a diverse pool of talent.

This report draws on a range of sources, including interviews with high profile employers, young people, training providers and Jobcentre Plus advisers to explore views and experiences of the recruitment process from both sides. The report makes recommendations for employers and policy-makers on how to address the mismatch.

Do you want to bring more young people into your business?
If so, download the leaflet below for some practical advice on how to attract, select and recruit young people.

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Recruiting young people: top tips for employers
Published April 2013

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