By Marcus Leach

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has welcomed the measures announced by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister concerning youth employment.

But it stresses the enormity of the task in tackling the issue of nearly one million young people who are not in education, work or training.

These young people require wide-ranging support from employers, education providers, as well as the Government, and the recruitment industry also has a critical role to play.

Commenting on the speech and publication of the Government’s new paper, Supporting Youth Employment, Gillian Econopouly, the REC’s Head of Policy said:

“We are pleased to see additional investment for apprenticeships and work placements, but such initiatives will only deliver if they are accompanied by genuine engagement with businesses of all sizes throughout the UK.

“We encourage the Government to work closely with business groups in the coming months to implement these initiatives, and we look forward to helping the recruitment industry play its part in supporting young Britons into work.”

The REC has long taken an interest in this agenda, and convened the Youth Employment Taskforce last year to make recommendations on addressing the youth unemployment problem through cooperation between businesses, education providers, and Government.

The REC will be issuing a more detailed statement for members after reviewing in full the proposals contained in the Government's new youth employment paper.