Young people lack the confidence to find work.

‘Young people are facing a "crisis" in confidence to find a decent job, often because they are worried about their experience, a study shows.

A survey of more than 1,500 people aged 16 to 21 by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and EY Foundation, found that many were not aware of job opportunities.

One in three lacked confidence in finding a high-quality job, said the report, which called for employers to be involved in school-to-work programmes to end the "pot luck" of who learns about work.

Ann Francke, chief executive of the CMI, said: "Young people aspire to become leaders but it's currently luck of the draw whether they get the necessary chances to learn how.

"We need employers and educators to help the next generations to develop practical skills and confidence from a younger age." ‘ -

The report, based on a survey of 1,510 16-to-21-year-olds in the UK conducted by Populus, finds that a lack of connections, a steady decline in school-secured work experience, low self-confidence and an apparent lack of visibility of local employers, all have the potential to impact on young people’s working prospects in the UK. Young people from lower-socio economic groups (DE) are considerably more likely than to say they don’t think that they can get a job locally, compared their peers in higher social groups (AB)  (33% compared to 25%).

CMI and the EY Foundation are calling on employers and schools to back a school-to-work agenda as part of the national curriculum to give young people fairer access to workplace opportunities and to improve their employability on leaving school. The focus for this agenda would be a new syllabus providing every young person in the UK aged 11 to 18 with the right support to ensure they have the best working prospects. Without this intervention, the report suggests that young people’s futures are being put at risk as demand for a high-skilled labour force is set to grow over the next three to five years [identified in the latest annual CBI education and skills survey].

More than one in two (56%) young people said that they think it is difficult to get the experience they need to get a job they want. This could be linked to the fact that work experience is no longer compulsory in school and fewer students now receive it. Just 51% of 16-18-year olds say that their school offers work experience, compared to 64% of those now 19-21. Nine in 10 (88%) of the young people surveyed said that employers should offer young people more experience of work.

According to Louise Coles, aged 18 from the North East, who contributed to the report:

“It’s really hard to get good-quality work experience when you don’t have the connections, and even harder if you don’t know the options available to you. I believe that we need to remove these barriers for all young people. We need more information, more paid work experience and fairer application processes [for work experience].” ‘ - Politics Home


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