REC calls for urgent action to help young people
REC calls for urgent action to help young people who cannot see themselves achieving career aspirations
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has responded to a new report from the Princes Trust, which highlights the growing disparity between the aspirations of young people from rich and poor backgrounds and the damaging effect this has on perceptions of their futures.
The Broke, not Broken report warns that the UK is in danger of creating a youth underclass if young people from deprived backgrounds are not given early help and guidance to help them fulfil their life goals , including getting into the world of work.
Its findings show that one in four young people from deprived homes (26%) do not see themselves fulfilling any of their career goals compared to seven per cent from more affluent backgrounds.
Those from deprived homes are also are three times more likely to believe they will be claiming benefits for a part of their life and four times more likely to see themselves in a dead-end job.
The Princes Trust was one of the organisations that contributed to the RECs Youth Employment Taskforce which published its recommendations to Government last July.
Commenting on the report, Gillian Econopouly, the RECs Head of Policy, said: These findings again reinforce the urgent need for Government, businesses and education providers to come together and provide the guidance needed to help young people meet their life goals, including getting into the world of work.
The REC has already produced a series of practical recommendations which will help prevent this lost generation through introducing incentives to businesses to encourage them to take on more young people. These new findings underline the pressing need for the private and public sectors to work together to help those young people who are most susceptible to the belief that they do not have a meaningful future.
With the Government pledging it will do all it can to help with youth unemployment, which now totals 935,000 equivalent to one in five young people in the UK we must all move swiftly to give as many as possible the best opportunities to fulfil their life goals.