A new report shows that not enough is being done by
businesses to engage with young people, to prepare them for the
future work place.
The first of its kind report, produced by the National
Children's Bureau and Business In The Community on behalf of United
Futures, calls on more UK businesses to support young people
outside the classroom. It says UK businesses are refraining from
engaging with young people because they don't see the benefits it
could bring to their own business. Small and medium-sized
businesses are even less likely to be involved with youth
organisations and educational institutions.
The report also provides case studies of 'best practice'
such as O2's Think Big programme, which utilises business expertise
and resources to enable young people to run their own community
In addition to the report from United Futures, new research
commissioned by Telefónica UK also supports the findings. A poll
conducted by YouGov of over 2,000 people across the UK found that,
despite the crucial role of enterprise in helping to overcome the
recession and push the economy forward, the public has increasingly
low expectations of the business sector when it comes to helping
the young unemployed back to work. They ranked young people
themselves, government, schools and education and parents as the
most responsible groups for addressing this challenge.
"All businesses, big and small, have a role to play in
supporting young people on their journey to work and we're calling
for companies up and down the country to take steps towards
supporting young people in their area," says Ronan Dunne, chief
executive of Telefónica UK. "This can be anything from partnering
with local youth organisations and educational institutions and
offering quality work experience and apprenticeships through to
providing simple advice on what to wear on your first day and what
to take to a meeting."
United Futures is a partnership programme that tries to break
down barriers between businesses and the youth sector. It helps
youth organisations and businesses work together and develop
initiatives which support young people in locally.
For more information on the report, click here and for more on United Futures, click here.