Every year, 750,000 young people finish education and thousands almost immediately find themselves unemployed.
They finish at a time when 70% of UK employers find it difficult to fill entry level positions and a McKinsey study reports that a quarter of employers have unfilled entry level roles, whilst a third have lost out on business because they couldn’t find recruits with the right skills.
Many teachers and parents are rightly concerned about the employment prospects for school leavers and agree we need to teach the skills and attitudes required by employers for the jobs available. Youth unemployment is still a major issue even as we enter economic recovery with more young people taking on zero-hours contracts and low-paid part time work, and we face real problems if the skills gap is not addressed now.
How does unemployment affect young people?
The impact of unemployment, even after a short time, can be severe and last a lifetime. Depression, loss of confidence, isolation, lower salaries and a lack of prospects for years to come can all start from the day someone becomes unemployed. We need to tackle the gap now and ensure that next year’s school leavers and future generations finish education prepared for the real world, with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to succeed.
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