Recognising Talent: Good Youth Employment Charter

Recognising Talent is one of the five core principles of the Good Youth Employment Charter. Find out more, then sign the Charter.

Why is Recognising Talent a core principle of good youth employment?

As an employer, you can recruit young people based on their ability, talent and potential, recognising they may have limited experience.

You can ensure young people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups, as well as those young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds or those with additional needs or barriers are not unfairly excluded.

How can employers recognise early and young talent?

Look to use skill-based recruitment methods and evaluate systems for bias, acknowledging that some young people face additional barriers into work, such as lower socio-economic, race and ethnicity, disability and those from care.

What does ‘good’ look like when recognising early talent in your recruitment drives?

  • Understand the barriers any process may create and actively look to remove those barriers.
  • Provide support during the recruitment process for candidates, simple and clear messages, setting out the expectations of the process and hints and tips for good applications.
  • Provide personal support and guidance to young people who have additional barriers.
  • Provide constructive feedback to candidates at every stage possible so that they can improve future applications.
  • Review all new vacancies to ensure that the job description and person specification are relevant to the role and remove unnecessary grade requirements and work experience expectations along with unnecessary recruitment questions such as criminal records and university name.

Who can support your organisation?

  • 5% Club
  • Amazing Apprenticeships
  • Business in the Community
  • Drive Forward Foundation
  • DWP
  • Fledglink
  • Generation
  • Local colleges and training providers
  • Movement to Work
  • Princes Trust
  • Social Mobility Commission
  • Youth Employment UK
  • Youth Futures Foundation

Sign the Good Youth Employment Charter

The Good Youth Employment Charter has been developed in collaboration with a range of youth employment experts and young people.

It aims to provide a framework to support, inspire and recognise all those employers who are committed to providing good quality opportunities to young people.

By signing the charter you are agreeing to work towards a set of principles and to being recognised as a Youth Friendly Employer.

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For more information, please email info@youthemployment.org.uk or call 01536 513388.

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