How are employers engaging with young people?
We recently launched our latest Learning to Work survey, which tracks the latest trends and developments in the methods and successes of employers’ engagement with young people. Since the first survey in 2012, when the Learning to Work programme began, it has been a useful indicator of what employers are doing with young people, what’s working – and what isn’t. Most importantly, the findings from this survey allow us to see what work needs to be done and where we must continue to support employers to connect with young people, to maximise, grow and develop their talents, and help encourage and educate young people about the opportunities awaiting them in the world of work.
More organisations employing young people
This year’s survey yielded some particularly fascinating findings, many of which are extremely positive and help lend weight to some interesting trends we know anecdotally have occurred. For example, we found that eight in 10 organisations now employ at least one young person, compared with less than three-quarters last year. The survey also hints at how these young recruits are entering organisations, with the number of employers that report offering apprenticeships rising dramatically to almost half, compared with less than a third at the end of 2013. Apprenticeships, of course, have become increasingly popular among employers during the past few years, but so too has work experience, which our survey found to be the most popular entry-level opportunity, with more than 64% of larger organisations offering it. Finally, we found that over two-thirds of large employers are working with local schools through initiatives such as arranging workplace visits, offering work experience or providing volunteers to give talks in local schools.
This is good news. As employment levels continue to improve it’s encouraging to see that more organisations are employing young people and developing their own talent pipelines by doing so. Large employers, in particular, are more likely to offer a range of entry-level opportunities compared with this time last year – including apprenticeships, graduate schemes and work experience placements. Many take other steps to help young people, such as engaging with local schools and colleges, which shows a genuine commitment to supporting education-to-work transitions.