17 December 2013

More than a third of UK employers are helping to bridge the gap between education and work according to a survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) of more than 1000 firms.

With youth unemployment showing few signs of falling, the CIPD is urging businesses to channel their engagement with schools via established programmes like the “Inspiring the Future” initiative.

Peter Cheese, CIPD Chief Executive said: “Employer contact has a significant impact on young people and should form part of wider efforts to help overcome youth unemployment.”

However, he went on, it is important to recognise that schools can be bombarded with individual requests from businesses, which is why the CIPD recommends initiatives such as “Inspiring the Future” that provide a mechanism allowing schools to reach out to employers as, and when, they need them.

With 70% of state secondary schools in England now signed up to the programme, it provides a free and simple method for businesses and schools to connect, Mr Cheese concluded.

Over the past six months, more than 1200 HR professionals have voluntarily signed up as part of “Inspiring the Future” to deliver career insight talks, CV and interview advice sessions in schools.

The research summary (The opportunity – information gap: the role of employer engagement with schools revealed that, despite the increase in the number of access routes, too few employers were receiving applications from young people between 16 and 24.

Nearly a quarter (24%) of employers did not receive a single application from a young person over the last year while almost a third (31%) of private sector organisation had no applications from young people.

From Paul Clarke, business writer for Croner