ISE proposes new plan to stimulate youth employment

ISE proposes new plan to stimulate youth employment

In a new report, ISE has stressed the need to incentivise employers to recruit graduates and apprentices in order to stimulate youth employment.

The Institute of Student Employers (ISE) has stated that incentivising employers is essential to avoid mass youth unemployment, help businesses to regain confidence and ultimately lead to more effective work.

ISE has been working to mitigate the impact that COVID-19 will have on the transition that students will have into employment. The institute has been working with various employers, educational providers and labour market intermediaries since the start of the pandemic.

Numbers of entry-level jobs will reduce by almost 25%

In this recent independent report, ISE stated that – despite efforts of employers to transform their recruitment and development processes – the numbers of entry-level jobs available this year will be cut by as much as 25%.

In order to minimise the unemployment of graduates, ISE has called for the government to work with employers so that, between them, measures can be put in place to increase their capacity and so hire more young people.

The outline of this ‘plan for the reconstruction of the student labour market’ will include propositions to offer a wage subsidy for all new apprentices under the age of 24. This way, the costs for 20% of the time that they are required to spend studying will be covered.

Other measures and recommendations include: cutting national insurance contributions for staff under 24 for a year, offering an incentive to employers who offer work experience, addressing any inequalities concerning diversity within employment and providing access to career guidance for young people.

ISE says no single measure’ enought to stem loss of youth employment and talent

Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of ISE, has stressed the importance of such measures, in order to ensure that the labour market is able to cope with the current pandemic:

“The labour market is breaking down. There is a looming youth unemployment crisis and employers are already facing pressure to slow down or stop entry-level recruitment and slash training costs. These decisions will disproportionately impact young people.

“Employers need support to invest in entry-level talent, to recruit and develop young people. The public purse should be used to provide opportunities for young people rather than leaving them to languish unskilled, out of work and left behind.”

Deborah McCormack, ISE chair and head of talent for Pinsent Masons, corroborated this statement: “No single measure will be sufficient to stem the loss of a generation of talent. We need a pragmatic package of support from the government to help employers and educators enable our early talent, future-proofing the UK economy.”

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Josephine Walbank - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Josephine Walbank is a reporter for Global Education Times (GET News) with a focus on education in the UK, Asia-Pacific, and Americas, and student experience and lifestyle news.

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