In a recent LinkedIn poll, 69% of respondents said that young people don’t have the necessary skills to succeed in the working world – so how can we better prepare them? This World Youth Skills Day, we look at how organisations can help prepare young people for the world of work.
World Youth Skills Day was first declared by the United Nations General Assembly on 15th July 2014 to mark the importance of equipping young people with the skills needed for employment, vocational training, or apprenticeships. The day is a unique opportunity for young people, educational institutions, policy-makers, and employers to engage in dialogues about learning and development (L&D) and training opportunities for the next generation of workers.
Many young people were disproportionately affected by the pandemic in terms of education, work experience, and early career development. Recent research from the International Labour Organization indicates that young workers suffered a higher rate of employment loss during the pandemic compared to other working-age adults.
Our Hays Helps report links higher rates of youth unemployment with subsequent lower pay and unemployment later in life. World Youth Skills Day aims to draw attention to these issues and raise awareness of how organisations can remove barriers to success and provide skills development opportunities for young people not in employment, education, or training (NEET).
Over the past few years, many young people have missed out on traditional opportunities to develop work-related skills – either due to remote learning or the lack of work experience opportunities during the pandemic. Whether you’re working in education or in another industry, everyone can use World Youth Skills Day as an opportunity to reflect on how we can all play a part in closing the current skills gap and preparing the next generation for the world of work.
Paul has been with Hays since 1999 and the National Director of Hays Education since 2007. He is responsible for leading experts from 40 offices across the UK who specialise in recruiting for Early Years, Primary, Secondary, SEN, Further Education and Leadership staff on a daily supply, long term supply or permanent basis. His extensive experience is invaluable to ensuring schools, colleges, nurseries, academies and MATs have access to the best possible candidates.
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