Key Findings: Our Youth Survey

March 29 2016  —  by Charlotte Domanski, Knowledge and Research Manager, Talent & Skills, Business in the Community

To launch the Future Proof Campaign we surveyed over 4,000 young people aged 18 to 24 about their experiences of employment in the UK.

Inspire: Prepare young people for the world of work

  • Young people have strong career ambitions and most receive careers advice; however, career aspirations seem to be shaped by age 18 then stall.
  • Young people who have not received careers advice are also the most likely to not be in employment or education, with around one in five NEETs not receiving careers advice.
  • Many young people are receiving careers advice, however employers are playing a very small role
    in this provision.

Delivering work inspiration: Toolkit for employers

Hire: Create accessible, quality jobs for young people

  • The biggest barrier young people face when applying for roles is not being able to meet the previous work expereince requirements, affecting 57% of young people.
  • The most helpful thing that makes the experience of applying for a job easier for young people is having a clear job description.
  • Besides pay, the top things young people look for in a job is having opportunities to develop and further their career (38%), working with friendly and helpful managers (36%) and feeling valued (33%).
  • 22% of young people also said that difficult application processes put them off the company they applied to, and 10% were put off the whole industry

Make your recrutiment process more transparent: How to Guide for Recruiters

Grow: Support and develop young talent

  • Most young people had a good experience of starting a job, but poor inductions are the biggest cause of a bad start.
  • Young people who had bad experience of starting their current job cited not having a clear induction process (53%), not knowing what to do on their first day (38%) and not having a clear training schedule (36%) as the biggest contributing factors.

Introducing Youth-friendly line management: Guide for Employers

Read the results of the survey in full:


Charlotte Domanski

Charlotte Domanski, Knowledge and Research Manager, Talent & Skills, Business in the Community