The benefits of recruiting young people
However, it’s not all bad news. Employers also recognised that typically young people are eager to learn and develop their skills (55% of employers) and more than a third said that they brought increased passion and enthusiasm into the workplace (36%).
The study also found that young people are a valuable means to increase IT skills amongst a workforce, with 44% of employers reporting that young people’s talents in this area were well above the required standard.
What other experiences do employers value?
Our panel of employers also revealed what non-educational experiences are most valued in the workplace.
The five best indicators of employability (other than academic qualifications):
- Learning new skills (e.g. a language) – 57% of employers value this experience
- Being well read – 47%
- Having a strong interest or hobby – 43%
- Undertaking voluntary work for a charity or in the community – 34%
- Being part of a club or group (e.g. dance or acting) – 34%