23 May 2012
Young unemployed ‘lack skills essential to the job market’
New research has suggested that many young unemployed people do not have the basic skills needed to obtain a regular job.
The report from the Work Foundation reveals that more than 450,000 ‘Neets’ - young people who are not in education, employment or training - have never had a regular job, and lack key social skills such as communication, team working and customer service.
The organisation warns that some young people who have not obtained a job by the age of 24 are unlikely to ever find sustained employment.
Shaks Ghosh from the Private Equity Foundation said, ‘Many Neet young people face a Catch-22. They don’t have the so-called ‘soft skills’ employers are looking for, but often the only opportunity to learn those skills is on the job’.
The report suggests that the increase in the number of Neets is a consequence of a significant shift in the labour market over the past decade, with a gulf existing between the types of jobs that are available and the skills possessed by people who are seeking employment.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently launched a new drive to address the problem, which is affecting industrialised countries around the world.
The OECD is calling for a more coordinated approach between education providers and employers.
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