10 February 2012
Last night, I attended the launch of the REC's Youth Employment
Taskforce reportsummarising the
urgent steps that government needs to take to facilitate job
creation for young people.
The evening kicked off with a few homes truths from CEO Kevin
Green. For starters, more than 20% of 16 to 24 year olds are not
working, that's a startling 1 million people. Not only is this
costing the UK economy £4.7 billion, it is also damaging their
future job prospects.
Baroness Margaret Prosser, chair of the Taskforce and vice chair
of the Equality and
Human Rights Commission (EHRC) put it like this, "When times
are tough, people employ experience rather than taking a risk and
Both speakers made it clear that it's not about getting the
stick out, but turning rhetoric into reality and policy into
practice. Everyone has a role to play which is why this taskforce
brought together leading employers, recruiters and welfare
providers as well as organisations such as the CIPD, CBI, TUC and EEF to feed into the
recommendations for government.
As a bit of an aside, a big shout out to a couple of lovely
ladies that I got talking to at the event. It's refreshing to talk
to people who are so passionate about their jobs - and I can see
why. Remploy helps people
experiencing complex barriers in the workplace and Prospectus is a
not-for-profit recruitment agency that specialises in finding work
for homeless people.
The clear message that I went away with from yesterday's
gathering is that there's a real need for concrete action from
business, government and education if we are to avoid a lost
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