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REC Youth Employment Charter hits the 100 mark

REC Youth Employment Charter hits the 100 mark

The REC has this week signed up the 100th member to its Youth Employment Charter less than two months after its launch. The initiative is a follow up to the REC's Youth Employment Taskforce and is helping to galvanise the involvement of the UK recruitment industry around this crucial agenda.

The latest jobs data shows the number of young people out of work now nudging the one million mark. As well as pushing for more Government action – such as an NICs holiday for SMEs taking on young job-seekers – the REC has underlined the contribution that the recruitment industry and the wider business community can make.

As part of this, the Youth Employment Charter has two major aims: To drive co-operation with schools and young people’s charities by making easier for recruiters to build the right links and to showcase the positive role that that the industry is already playing in this area.

Underlining the importance of the initiative Antony Wroe, MD of Telepower and Chair of the REC Sales & Retail Sector Group says:

"Signing up to the Charter is a great way for agencies and individual recruitment professionals to showcase existing activities to help future generations of workers. The Charter is also about helping those not already involved to build links with local schools and colleges. Youth unemployment is one of the biggest challenges we face as a nation. Being proactive in helping to make a difference in this area is a huge good news story for the industry as a whole".

Commenting on 100th member milestone, Ed McRandal, REC Policy Advisor with responsibility for managing the Charter initiative, says:

“The work of the Youth Employment Taskforce has been a catalyst for tangible action. The Charter is one example of this and it is hugely encouraging to have reached this first milestone so quickly. Recruitment professionals are in a unique position to raise awareness amongst young people and are already making a real difference on the ground. We are building real momentum with recruiters of all sizes and from all sectors looking to get involved”.

Specific initiatives being taken forward by recruitment agencies that have signed up to the REC’s Youth Employment Charter include: :

?       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


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