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The Neets category students find it difficult to get into their first jobs as they lack skills to match the requirements

Date: (23 May 2012)    |    

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A report from the Work Foundation think tank has warned of a long term problem of youngsters Not in education, employment training - ‘Neets’, aged between 16 and 24, who have never made successful steps from education into employment.
It suggests with the first jobs now coming in the service sectors and not in the manufacturing sector means that too many students from the Neet category lack soft skills such as communication, team working and customer service to get a break in such service sector jobs.
Shaks Ghosh chief executive of the Private Equity Foundation which supports the report has said that if young people were unable to get on to the first rung of the job ladder by 24, they would suffer the consequences for the rest of their lives.
Some could end up not working at all which is what shocking about the report he added.
The students in the Neet category face a situation where they are not equipped with the skills to get such jobs and the predicament is that such skills don’t come unless they get am opportunity to work in such sector to gain such skills.
The report named Lost in Transition, says that the growing number of Neets reflect a major shift in the labour market in the past decade creating a situation where the jobs available are not matching the skills of those who are unemployed.
It means that more than half of Neets will never have had any sustained experience of a job.
Approaching a million youngsters are classified as Neet - with updated figures expected to be published this week.
Dr Sissons author of the report says such youngsters need personalised guidance, workplace mentors and introductions to business networks, as well as work experience which leads to paid employment.
Earlier this week the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched a Skills Strategy to address this problem on an international level.
The OECD has warned about the problems of people in industrialised countries isolated from the labour market by a lack of skills.
The OECD has said that even with job vacancies, the employers faced problems in finding suitable qualified candidates.
It argued that more co-ordinated approach was needed between education authorities and employers in preparing people with skills that would likely be needed in the future.