Connect with us

Business

ALMOST HALF OF SMES STRUGGLE TO FIND ENTHUSIASTIC YOUNG CANDIDATES WHEN HIRING

ALMOST HALF OF SMES STRUGGLE TO FIND ENTHUSIASTIC YOUNG CANDIDATES WHEN HIRING

The job market is more competitive than ever throughout the UK and new research has revealed that SMEs are struggling to find enthusiastic young candidates for roles, with many not even having any previous work experience.

A new report released today reveals the qualities that bosses look for when hiring young people to join their business.

The new study of 500 business decision makers by Arch Apprentices provided an insight into essential qualities in potential employees. The research uncovered that many think it should be essential for young people to partake in work experience, to give them early involvement in a professional environment.

Almost all of those surveyed (93%) thought that work experience and careers advice should be compulsory in schools.

When hiring young people within their business the majority looked for enthusiasm (74%) – followed closely by a good understanding of the role (61%), relevant work experience (54%) or any work experience at all (34%).

However, further research did show that finding these qualities within young candidates wasn’t always easy. Almost half (43%) admitted that they struggle to find enthusiastic young people to take positions. 39% said that the majority of their applicants have no/very limited experience in the work place and 28% believe that the majority of applicants have irrelevant qualifications.

UK schools haven’t had to offer compulsory work experience since 2012 when the coalition government scrapped the idea. With so many businesses agreeing that work placements should be compulsory, Arch Apprentices are calling on the current government to reinstate meaningful work experience for all children as well as provide up to date advice and guidance about future career options.

prepare them on the types of jobs which are desirable to business, boosting their skills (64%). Over half (57%) also believe that it helps to install a strong work ethic.

Ben Rowland from Arch Apprentice said:

“We have a duty to the young people growing up in this country to provide them with the right information at the right time, to prepare them for a career that is fulfilling, rewarding and in touch with the digital world we now live in.  Compulsory work experience  would go some way to  providing this, but there’s more we can do – employers, parents schools and  training providers need to come together to arm young people with more information about their options  including skills based  apprenticeships, not just university.”

Editorial & Advertiser disclosure
Our website provides you with information, news, press releases, Opinion and advertorials on various financial products and services. This is not to be considered as financial advice and should be considered only for information purposes. We cannot guarantee the accuracy or applicability of any information provided with respect to your individual or personal circumstances. Please seek Professional advice from a qualified professional before making any financial decisions. We link to various third party websites, affiliate sales networks, and may link to our advertising partners websites. Though we are tied up with various advertising and affiliate networks, this does not affect our analysis or opinion. When you view or click on certain links available on our articles, our partners may compensate us for displaying the content to you, or make a purchase or fill a form. This will not incur any additional charges to you. To make things simpler for you to identity or distinguish sponsored articles or links, you may consider all articles or links hosted on our site as a partner endorsed link.
Global Banking and Finance Review Awards Nominations 2021
2021 Awards now open. Click Here to Nominate

Recommended

Newsletters with Secrets & Analysis. Subscribe Now