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Job prospects for young people looking brighter


UK firms are looking to fill skills gaps by hiring young people, which will hopefully help with the tough jobs market young people are faced with.

Statistics from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development suggest that more firms are planning to hire school leavers and apprentices this year. They survey of more than 1000 companies found that half are putting measures in place to boost skills for their workforce after some recruitment difficulties, and a third were looking to take on more apprentices.

The news comes after a careers survey from British Gas found that high numbers of young people are concerned about the possibility of not being able to find a job in the future. After speaking to 1,500 parents and 2,000 young people aged between 15 and 22, the survey found that 69% of young people are worried they won’t be able to find a job, and 63% are anxious about ending up in a “dead end” role.

The survey also found that young people believe their parents generation had it easier, with 41% believing it was harder for their generation to find a job with a good salary, while 33% thought it was more difficult to find a job with good prospects.

Gerwyn Davies, labour market analyst for the CIPD, said:
“The underlying factor is that the jobs market is very strong, that's forcing more employers to look at a wider range of applicants.
"After a long, dark decade, the prospects for young people are finally looking brighter."

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