Government must harness private sector expertise to ease pain of job scheme cuts
The coalition Government’s plans to axe £10.5 billion of new projects include a number of the measures designed to get young job-seekers and the long-term unemployed back into work.
As incoming Ministers finalise their own plans to address youth unemployment issues, the REC has underlined the need to harness the expertise of the private sector recruitment industry.
Specific initiatives impacted by the cuts include the Future Jobs Fund and the recruitment subsidies that were intended to help those on Jobseekers Allowance for over six months to access jobs and training.
Commenting on the implications of these initiatives now being shelved, Tom Hadley, the REC’s Director of External Relations, said:
“The news comes against the backdrop of increasing numbers of young people out of work. We will need to evaluate the alternative measures that are being developed by the coalition Government. The idea of bringing initiatives and funding streams together under one ‘work programme’ is fine in principle but one of the key factors will be the expertise and jobs market knowledge of those actually providing training and guidance to young job-seekers.
“This is an area where recruitment professionals could make a huge contribution and form part of a cost-effective support network. This month’s jobs figures confirm that there is an urgent need for action if we are to avoid a ‘jobless generation’. The recruitment industry is committed to playing its role.”
The REC established its own Youth Employment Taskforce (YET) to look at finding practical ways to get young people back into work. The taskforce will publishing its final report within the next month which will contain recommendations on how this can be achieved.
Private sector recruiters have also been providing expertise and guidance to newly unemployed professionals under the auspices of the Department for Pensions and Work' s Jobsearch initiative.