Survey finds recruitment processes put young people off

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23rd February 2016 11:49 - Business Support

A recent business support survey has suggested that young people are falling victim to ineffective recruitment processes, which leave many individuals with lowered self-esteem and a negative first impression of the industry they were hoping to enter at the beginning of the process.Survey finds recruitment processes put young people off

The survey – which was conducted by Business in the Community and the City and Guilds Group – revealed that 22 per cent (or one in five) of the young people who had a bad experience during a recruitment process were put off a business entirely, whereas one in 10 were put off a whole sector.

After surveying 4,000 young people, the researchers found that 1 in 3 youngsters found the application process hard, and of this percentage, 44 per cent said that they lost confidence as a result. After having their confidence knocked, 26 per cent said that the difficult application process made them less likely to apply for other jobs.

The market research findings of a 2015 Business in the Community survey also revealed that 39 per cent of companies do not ask for previous experience at school-leaver level, yet 42 per cent of recruiters ask these candidates what skills they can bring to the role.

Chief Executive of the City and Guilds Group, Chris Jones, said of the market research findings:

“Despite incentives to employ young people, the unemployment rate for 16-24 year-olds is still 13.7 per cent compared to a UK wide rate of 5.1 per cent.

“As competition to attract and recruit young people increases, businesses will lose out unless they change their recruitment processes,”

The researchers also explored some of the common barriers to young people entering jobs and discovered that 57 per cent cited a lack of experience, 41 per cent cited the location of the job, 28 per cent cited not having the right qualifications and 18 per cent cited the cost of the recruitment process.

Tanith Dodge, HR director at M&S, one of the businesses who signed up to the scheme said: “Not investing in the future workforce today will only lead to a talent deficit tomorrow, so it’s important that businesses think about making the workplace accessible for all young people and embracing their potential.”

Campaign Director at Business in the Community, Grace Mehanna, supported the businesses had abolished UCAS points and A-Level grades for entry-level roles.

She said:“We want to work with businesses to help shine a light on the skills they need and open their eyes to the potential of young people, not just looking at those with good academic qualifications and previous experience.

“The shift in demographics and apprenticeship policy provides businesses with an ideal opportunity to rethink how they recruit young people. We believe this will ensure businesses have a workforce with the right skills, now and in the future.”

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