Quote: Lady-Ruff-diamond: -
The situation for young people is dire...I work in post 16 work based education, we try and find work placements for Apprentices to get kids into work. The funding IS there for training etc. the problem is trying to get employers to take on young people. I recently had over 150 applicants for 7 jobs and had to fairly decide who to shortlist. How do you do that?[/quote]
I agree the work opportunities for young people are dire and yet, as you say, there is funding for training and apprenticeships and businesses should be embracing the chance to give school leavers a start with all this help available.
My previous employer is a medium-sized organisation who make millions in profits. Their policy was to recruit people who were "ready made" or a very limited number of Graduates but, only the best of course. For the lower skilled workers temporary contracts would be awarded to the best but more likely agency staff would be engaged. Young people did not get a look-in.
This type of policy is common unfortunately - employers want skilled people and people they can dispose of quickly and without cost. The drawback with this approach is eventually the skills and experience you want dry-up when workers retire or leave especially if you do not recruit and train staff. This happened in my former industry where the traditional engineering trades had not been trained/learned through apprenticeships for over 20 years.
It was a momentious occassion when I was able to set-up an apprentice scheme, recruit young people and have them developed via college-based eduacation in addition to work-placed training. At a time when I was making hard decisions about people and being sandwiched between a profit-driven business and greedy, inflexible unions, the recruiting of young people and giving them a chance for a proper career felt fantastic. It still does.