Starting Young

Youth employment and various means of encouraging it (especially apprenticeships) has long been a government priority. And yet, although progress has undoubtedly been made—in 2013 the youth unemployment rate was around 20%, by the end of 2014, it had dropped to just under 17%—the latest survey suggests that these improvements are not being made by SMEs. Given that SMEs account for 99% of the UK’s private sector and employ almost half of the workforce, it’s no wonder the government are keen that smaller businesses look to their employment and recruitment practices. The


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