PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, today recommended actions for businesses to create effective and sustainable solutions for employing more young workers in order to prevent a lost generation of workers that threatens to negatively impact both individual success and the development of national economies.
ManpowerGroup's new insight paper, "Wanted: Energized, Career-Driven Youth," released today at the World Economic Forum on Latin America, addresses the growing regional and global problem of youth unemployment. An increasing number of young people struggle to participate in the workforce — just 48.8% of the potential labor force in 2011, according to the International Labor Organization — even as in three employers worldwide is having difficulty finding qualified candidates, according to ManpowerGroup's latest Talent Shortage Survey.
"Today's youth face multiple remediable barriers to building employability skills. They lack skills, experience and credentials relevant to the workplace; resources to help inform career choices; and a lack of available entry-level jobs that lead to meaningful careers," said Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO. "Thinking needs to shift from job security to employment security – possessing the skills necessary to remain employable."
"Wanted: Energized, Career-Driven Youth" suggests business-driven solutions to the youth employment challenge, including:
Participate in career guidance programs for youth still in school: Employers should partner with schools and other vocational institutions to improve the quality and delivery of career services for young people, who are making important decisions about their future.
Promote a more positive image for vocational education: ManpowerGroup's Talent Shortage Surveys consistently identify technicians and skilled trades positions, yet countries as diverse as India, the United States and Mexico, vocational education programs are often perceived as inferior to an academic education. Young people, especially those in danger of dropping out of school, need to understand the high demand that exists, and the competitive salaries available, for skilled tradespeople.
Create and engage with programs that build young people's work experience: Young people need to acquire experience that demonstrates to employers they are capable of applying skills to business tasks. Internships, project work and short-term temporary work are superior alternatives to an extended period of unemployment.
Investments to address a shortage of career-oriented, entry-level jobs: An important strategy for expanding the number of available jobs is to expand the number of job creators. Promotion of youth entrepreneurship can directly impact potential young business-starters themselves, as well as their peers and communities.
"Employers have a vested interest in making investments to improve young people's ability to succeed in the world of work," added Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup President of the Americas. "As older workers exit the workforce, the need to nurture the next generation grows ever more critical to ease worsening talent mismatches. Energized, creative and tech-savvy youth will be the productive workers and in-demand talent of the future."
Joerres is co-chairing the World Economic Forum on Latin America in Mexico this week, with the issue of youth unemployment high on the agenda. Despite growing and young populations in countries such as Brazil and Mexico, youth unemployment remains a problem and jeopardizes the region's ability to capitalize on the shift in the global balance of power toward emerging markets.
Joerres, along with Prising and Monica Flores, ManpowerGroup MeCA Managing Director will today participate in the forum session Youth, Jobs and Dignity, discussing what concrete steps should be taken to stimulate youth employment in the region. It will focus on several areas including the skills mismatch, youth disenchantment with the labor market, and how encouraging entrepreneurship and better collaboration between governments, schools and businesses can provide the solution.
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