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    An article from the guardian suggests that employers attitudes towards young people are changing, with more companies offering work experience and apprenticeships.

    Do you think that this is enough or should employers do more?
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    They are just adjusting to the labour market. They can get cheaper labour at higher quality in that age bracket than they could five years ago, so best to recruit more from there.

    People put off £9k fees means theres a better talent pool at 16-18 and the previously high unemployment means the 16-24 age group will work for free, pay to work, or work for pennies so are cheap too.
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    (Original post by Armadillo)
    An article from the guardian suggests that employers attitudes towards young people are changing, with more companies offering work experience and apprenticeships.

    Do you think that this is enough or should employers do more?
    I think employers definitely need to do more, just by looking at how many unemployed young people there are. I work in a shoe shop as a Sales Advisior which is currently advertising for a couple of part time positions and the number of people who are 17-21 and have never had a job (despite quite a bit of volunteering and work experience) is astounding (note that I live in a part of the country with relatively high unemployment rates). Not sure what they can do about it though; sometimes there simply just aren't enough jobs to go around, expecially with so many older people with more experience also applying. Some more reasons to give a bias toward hiring younger people wouldn't go amiss.

    Saying that, some of the 'apprenticeships' are ridiculous. There are so many places where I live advertising for a "apprentice shop worker" or "apprentice waitress" with the job description basically being the exact same as any other shop worker or waitress, with no qualifications being worked toward (and from my personal experience in retail it's not like you really learn anything). That definitely should stop, calling something an 'apprenticeship' should not just be an excuse to get cheap labour.
 
 
 
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