Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus

Addressing the young people/jobs mismatch

Rüdiger K |   | Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD) | Apr 2013

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This report is part of the CIPD’s Learning to Work initiative, which is an action-focused programme led by the CIPD to tackle the problem of youth unemployment.

The overall aim is to achieve a shift in employer engagement with young people, so that they are encouraged both to help young people prepare for the workplace and to make the labour market itself more youth-friendly, by offering a wider range of access routes into organisations and adapting recruitment methods.

This report draws on a range of sources, including employer case studies, focus groups with young jobseekers, a mini-survey of Jobcentre Plus advisers and interviews with career advisers and training providers. The aim of the research was to explore the mismatch between employers and young people at the recruitment stage andmake recommendations for how to overcome any divides.