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Princes Trust report keeps spotlight on youth employment challenge

Prince’s Trust report keeps spotlight on youth employment challenge

A recent report by the Prince’s Trust has underlined the & lsquo;aspiration gap’ affecting thousands of young people. This deep-rooted barrier was one of the issues identified by the REC's Youth Employment Taskforce and is an area where recruiters can help to make a real difference.

The 'Broke, Not Broken' report - developed in association with RBS -  found that one in four of those from deprived homes (26 per cent) believe that “few” or “none” of their career goals are achievable, compared to just seven per cent of those from affluent families. Interviews with over two thousand 16 to 24-year-olds from across the UK, showed that young people growing up in poverty believe they are significantly less likely to find a job in the future.

Commenting on the launch of the report, Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince's Trust: "The aspiration gap between the UK’s richest and poorest young people is creating a & lsquo;youth underclass’ – who tragically feel they have no future. We simply cannot ignore this inequality."

Picking up on the role that recruiters can play, Kevin Green, Chief Executive of the REC says:  "Recruiters are already making a difference by working with schools, local Jobcentres and charities. Our aim is to enhance and showcase this contribution through our forthcoming Youth Employment Charter for the recruitment industry.

“Raising aspirations must involve raising awareness of the world of work and painting a vivid picture of what the opportunities are and how they can be seized. Recruiters are in a unique position to do this and can help address one of the biggest political and social issues we face in this country."

The Prince's Trust fed into the work of the REC's Youth Employment Taskforce chaired by Baroness Prosser which published its recommendations last year. As a follow-up to this, the Youth Employment Charter will provide a means for recruiters to highlight activities they are taking forward on a national or local level. 

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