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REC launches Youth Employment Charter to help young people become work-ready

REC launches Youth Employment Charter to help young people become work-ready

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) is today launching its Youth Employment Charter to help build better bridges between the recruitment industry, education and employers to prepare today's young people for the world of work.

With nearly one million young people aged between 16 and 24 currently not in employment or education, the Youth Employment Charter commits the recruitment industry to playing an active role in helping to prepare future generations of workers. The Charter will drive increased co-operation with schools and charities, enabling recruitment and employment experts to share their expertise directly with young people.

The initiative is a direct result of the REC’s Youth Employment Taskforce, launched two years ago, which last year made a series of practical recommendations to Government to counter soaring youth employment figures and cut-backs in government funding for career advice in schools.

Recruitment agencies and individual recruitment professionals signing up to the Charter will pledge their support to helping young people through initiatives such as:

Developing links with local schools to help raise awareness of the world of work

Actively promoting apprenticeships and internships to employers

Providing opportunities for young jobseekers to work with recruitment agencies

Participating in specific employment initiatives led by organisations such as the Prince’s Trust, Employers in Education and Business in the Community

Working with local Jobcentres and work programme providers to develop opportunities and address barriers faced by specific categories of young jobseekers

Commenting ahead of the launch, John Dunn, Chair of the REC’s Education Sector Group and signatory to the charter said:

“All recruiters must now be aware of the crisis the UK is facing through youth unemployment. We all have a duty of care to help young jobseekers understand the options open to them and the best sources of information to help them make the best choices to get onto the first rung of the jobs ladder.

“Being in the frontline, we know the challenges facing young people and with the careers advice service now being scaled back, it is vital that we can offer an expert source of help by working with schools and employers in our localities.

“Recruiters are in a unique position to build the necessary bridges into the world of work. I would encourage as many REC members as possible to get behind the Charter so that its objectives can be met and young people receive a positive start to their working lives.”

Kevin Green, Chief Executive of the REC added:

“Youth unemployment in the UK has reached crisis levels and we cannot afford to stand back and watch thousands of young jobseekers make blind decisions about their future.

“We must find a way of providing world class advice to young people whilst they are still in education to give them the best possible chance of making informed and positive decisions about their working life.

“The Youth Employment Charter will harness the knowledge and expertise of recruitment professionals who are in a unique position to raise awareness and build the necessary bridges into the world of work. It is also an opportunity for key organisations and employment experts to get involved and Help give young people the positive start to working life they desperately need and deserve.”


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