Employers have a fundamental contribution to make in tackling youth unemployment. They provide the job opportunities which enable young people to enter the labour market, and they can also engage with young people in other ways to help them prepare for work.

It is clear however that the process by which young people move into employment is becoming more difficult. Youth unemployment began to rise in the mid-2000s, before reaching one million after the onset of recession. The fact that young people are finding the transition from education into work more difficult raises important questions about the relationship between employers and young people.

This paper by the Work Foundation explores the employer’s role in addressing youth unemployment by examining the drivers and barriers to the recruitment of young people, as well as how through wider engagement employers can help support young people through the school to work transition.

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