Schools Minister welcomes REC Youth Employment Taskforce recommendations
The Youth Employment Taskforce report has continued to raise the industry’s profile and voice within different Government Departments.
Most recently, Nick Gibb, Minster of State for Schools has welcomed the findings and underlined the need to work closely with the sector.
In his letter to REC Chief Executive, Kevin Green, the Minister of State for Schools welcomed the Taskforce report and confirmed that the recruitment industry has an important part to play:
The Minister also agreed that “careers education and guidance are essential in helping young people make decisions that will set them on their way to success in adulthood and their working lives. This will assist them in navigating the complex choices available about careers, training and wider lifestyles. "
The Government is currently considering the best options in providing access for young people to high quality careers guidance. This was on one of the main recommendations of the Youth Employment Taskforce report and the REC has been actively promoting the role that recruiters can play in this areas.
Commenting on the Minister’s response, Tom Hadley, REC Director of Policy and Professional Services, says:
“One of our aims is to continue building recognition for the industry’s voice within all major Government Departments. Feeding into some of the key political debates of our time and putting forward practical solutions is the best way of achieving this. The Taskforce report was not an end in itself, our priority now is to take forward the recommendations and to help make a real difference.
"The REC is committed to working with Government, education specialists and employer bodies to take forward the practical feedback of frontline recruiters who are in daily contact with young job-seekers."
In his letter to the REC, the Minister has also confirmed the Government’s commitment to the continued expansion of the apprenticeships programme including the additional 50,000 adult places announced in the recent Comprehensive Spending Review. The REC will continue to explore potential opportunities for recruiters in this area.
For more information about the REC’s Youth Employment Taskforce, please visit the website, http://www.rec.uk.com/about-recruitment/externalrelations/campaigns/youth-taskforce