Youth unemployment will again exceed a million in 2013 according to predictions by the Institute for Public Policy Research. The independent think tank’s analysis published in December predicts that up to 86,000 additional young people under 25 are likely to swell the ranks of those already unemployed during the course of 2013.
Experts agree that one main reason for this is the reluctance of small and medium-sized businesses to hire school leavers because they simply do not believe they are ready for work. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has just released a report confirming this. It shows 77% of small business owners surveyed believe school leavers’ business awareness is poor, and 81% are 'not very’ or 'not at all confident' that students leaving school at 16 have the right level of employability skills.
A new initiative about to be launched by the Financial Skills Partnership (FSP) promises help here on the widest possible scale by deploying new technology to reach out to school and college students across the UK. GetInGetOn is an innovative industry-led e-learning project through which the financial and professional services sectors will build employability skills and ensure the industry’s future talent pipeline.
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