Most young people think they have to fit an employer's mould to be hired

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Volunteering charity City Year UK is calling for a level playing field (Source: City Year UK)

Eight in 10 (83 per cent) of the UK’s young people believe they need to fit the same ‘mould’ as a potential employer to get a job, with factors like race and perceived social class leaving many feeling locked out.

A survey by youth training and volunteering organisation City Year UK found that 41 per cent of 18-25 year olds believe they could be turned down from a job because of their social class.

Following yesterday’s warning from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development that the UK is lagging behind its OECD counterparts in terms of workplace training and skills, City Year UK called on the government and businesses to offer more opportunities to the UK’s home-grown talent.

Sophie Livingstone, chief executive of City Year UK, said: “As we move towards Brexit, addressing this issue is becoming ever more urgent.

“Apprenticeships alone won’t make a radical difference when employers are reporting that young people don’t have the skills to enter into them in the first place.

“Our experience is that everyone benefits from businesses engaging with young people before they enter the world of work; supporting them with access to learning and development opportunities so they hit the ground running.”

City Year UK’s survey also found that 72 per cent of respondents thought that the government could do more to ensure there is a level playing field for young applicants, while 65 per cent said businesses could do the same.

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