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REC: Youth unemployment needs 'concrete action'

Published: Friday, 13 May 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has warned that the growing problems of youth unemployment, including that of university-leavers not finding graduate roles, needs "concrete action".

According to the organisation - which represents the recruitment industry - the speech that David Cameron and Nick Clegg will deliver on youth employment today (May 13th) must be backed up with real initiatives.

Gillian Econopouly, the REC's head of policy, outlined some suggestions that the organisation has made recently.

"Whilst we welcome the attention the Prime Minister [has] given to this issue, it is essential that today's speech demonstrates concrete action beyond existing initiatives," she said.

"We encourage the Government to consider a wide range of policy options, including financial incentives [and] improving careers advice and guidance in schools."

The Association of Colleges recently warned that careers guidance in schools and colleges is "mixed", which may be leading to university-leavers finding it difficult to secure graduate roles.

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