Future Proofing Youth Recruitment

Future Proofing Youth Recruitment contains best practice guidance for employers on making jobs attractive and accessible for all young people. Employers need an open and accessible approach to employment that is fit for the next generation. Recruitment processes need to be transparent and attractive to young people, no matter what their background or experience. Ensuring that you offer good jobs with opportunities for development and clear progression pathways will drive innovation and connect with a diverse future customer base.

Future Proofing Youth Recruitment includes:

  • young people’s insights from Business in the Community’s (BITC) mystery shopper programme
  • a checklist for recruiters
  • an article on the power of language from the Behavioural Insights Team, the world’s first governmental unit dedicated to applying behavioural science to public policy.
  • a range of business case studies

BITC’s developed this toolkit as part of the Future Proof campaign, backed by the City & Guilds Group.

About the Future Proof campaign

Future Proof is a Business in the Community campaign backed by the City & Guilds Group. The campaign helps employers break down the barriers in recruitment processes to create quality, accessible jobs for all young people. The campaign provides practical resources for employers to modernise recruiting young people to meet the future needs of their business

About the Future Proof mystery shopper programme

Business in the Community’s mystery shopper programme assessed the recruitment processes of 200 companies in different locations across the UK. Young people looked at live entry-level job vacancies and provided feedback to employers who collectively employ over 1.5 million people. A quarter made changes as a result. Our mystery shopper participants are aged 16–24 and have included school and college students, job seekers, school leavers, and apprentices.

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