By Maximilian Clarke

Unemployment, particularly amongst young people, is set to continue increasing throughout 2012 as the worst unemployment crisis since 1991 shows no signs of abating, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s Annual Barometer last month predicted.

Responding to the report, Carmen Watson, Managing Director of Pertemps Recruitment Partnership, said that vulnerable groups such as young people not in employment, education or training, require additional help to forge a career.

Youth unemployment will be where the battle is won or lost in 2012. Unemployment among 16-24 year olds rose to record numbers this year and has rightly been identified by the government when it recently created its Youth Contract scheme. Long term unemployment will continue to be a threat in 2012 so we can’t afford to place workers in unsuitable positions, which is a so-called solution that only adds a sticking plaster to the problem.

“Young people must do more to perfect the way they approach perspective employers but at the same time, employers must be prepared to aid young people who are making the transition from education to full time work for the first time. They certainly aren’t short on talent, they just lack the experience and with some nurturing and mentorship, they will make useful additions to any workforce.”

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