The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) recently held a reception at the House of Lords to celebrate the success of the organisation’s Youth Employment Charter. More than 200 recruitment businesses have signed up to the charter over the last three years and have helped over 20,000 young jobseekers in their first step of getting into the jobs market. The event was attended by Baroness Prosser, Chair of the REC’s Youth Employment Taskforce, the Minister for Skills & Enterprise, Matthew Hancock MP and Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC.
REC CEO Kevin Green said: “Recruiters have played a key role in supporting young people in taking their first steps into the jobs market. On the one hand, we have nearly 1 million young people still not in education, employment or training and on the other, businesses are struggling to find the talent and skills they need to grow as the economy improves. I look forward to exploring and then implementing the ideas and suggestions that came out of yesterday’s reception.”
Matthew Hancock MP said: “Government has championed the development of a skills system that responds to the needs of both employers and learners. I hope that this REC campaign will continue to go from strength to strength so that we can get even more young people into sustainable jobs and high quality training.”
Baroness Prosser said: “The Taskforce looked at what government, employers, recruiters and educators can do to address youth unemployment and I am pleased to see the progress we have made but four years on, we still need this Taskforce. It is clear that only by working together can we hope to make a difference.”
For more information or to sign the Youth Employment Charter, go to the REC website http://www.rec.uk.com/about-recruitment/externalrelations/youthemploymentcharter.
As published on www.rec.uk.com