Youth Unemployment: A Generation in Crisis
The Undesirable Gap Year
Nearly a third of 16-18 year olds expect to wait over a year to secure a job after leaving full time education, according to research commissioned by Young Enterprise. International competition, the ongoing impact of the recession and a lack of experience are cited as the biggest obstacles to securing work.
The report was commissioned amid concerns that academic success does not always bring with it opportunity in the job market, to examine the challenges facing the next generation and preventing them from gaining the employment opportunities they deserve.
The UK’s youth unemployment rate of 13.6% continues to lag behind comparable European economies such as Germany and Denmark (7% and 9% respectively). These figures are symptomatic of a wider inability to properly prepare Britain’s young people for skilled employment in the global world of work, and contribute to the UK’s poor productivity record.