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REC highlights industry contribution to Employment Minister

REC highlights industry contribution to Employment Minister

The REC has participated in a roundtable discussion with the Employment Minister Jim Knight this week on practical measures for addressing youth unemployment.

The meeting was hosted by the CBI and included the participation of leading employers and recruiters who are in daily contact with young job-seekers.
Discussions focused on the role of temporary and contract work and on the need to tackle barriers in the current benefits system that limit the viability of short-term assignments as a route into work.

The meeting was also an opportunity to flag up initial findings from the RECs Youth Employment Taskforce that was launched in December.

Commenting on the meeting's outcome, Tom Hadley, the REC's Director of External Relations said: "The Government recognises the need to tap into the expertise and knowledge of professional recruiters and employers at the sharp end of the UK labour market. There is growing recognition for the role that recruiters play on a daily basis in helping job-seekers access the right opportunities and helping businesses to source the right talent. This latest meeting with the Employment Minister confirms that the industrys voice is at the forefront of the jobs debate."

The RECs Youth Employment Taskforce is chaired by Baroness Prosser, Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and involves high-profile employers as well as representative bodies such as the CIPD and the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) and a number of leading recruiters and welfare providers.

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