Skills shortages is ‘ticking time bomb’

A failure to employ young people is fuelling a “ticking time bomb” of skills shortages according to a study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), who said that a “clear mismatch” between employers’ expectations of young people and what young people think is expected of them is contributing to high levels of youth unemployment. This is from the Times…

Currently almost one in five 16 to 24-year-olds is unemployed.

The report, “Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus”, claims that when employers advertise jobs which require “experience” – even for relatively junior roles – it creates a vicious cycle for young people who cannot gain that experience. It also means paying more money for an employee that could have been trained internally – and that the employer misses out on potential talent.

Some employers do not bother to acknowledge job applications which is “de-motivating and crushing the confidence of many young people,” according to the report.

“On the flipside, some employers are overwhelmed by a large volume of ‘scattergun’ applications from young people who have done nothing to research and tailor their applications to the specific role,” the report goes on to say.

The study is based on evidence collected through 30 “employer case studies” and five focus groups. Among the employers who shared information with the researchers were Standard Chartered, Random House, the NHS, Thames Water, Nestlé, Marks & Spencer, Microsoft and ITV.

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