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UK – Youth Unemployment – British youth poorly prepared for world of work

Under-24s need more help into the jobs market and a better apprenticeship structure, a new report claims

Charting a path from school or university into the 21st century workplace was already tough for young people even before the Great Recession tore into businesses throughout the country and left more than a million under-24-year-olds unemployed.

But a new report, produced jointly by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the TUC and thinktank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), calls for urgent action to make Britain’s complex labour market more “youth friendly”, and prevent a generation of young people being trapped in unemployment – particularly those who leave school at 16 or 18.

Richard Excell, of the TUC, one of the co-authors of the report, said: “Possibly the key economic task coming out of the crisis is how we create an economic model that has job opportunities for people with less than degree-level skills.”..

via Unemployment looms for generation of British youth poorly prepared for world of work | Business | The Observer.

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