Training vital to alleviate youth skills crisis, says KPMG

Training vital to alleviate youth skills crisis, ...

David Fairs, Partner in KPMG's people & change practice, reacts to the call for 18-21 year olds to undergo training if they can't find employment

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“There is no doubt that we all need to do more to provide entry routes into the profession for a wider range of talented young people. Businesses have a duty to work with the young to nurture and get them ready for employment; otherwise as a nation we face having a lost generation that lack the skills to progress.

“From our experience, new recruits overwhelming prioritise job security, having had to work hard to secure their first job or a graduate placement. However priorities shift after the first year of employment; as workers acquire the skills, experience, confidence, and most importantly the business acumen that is needed for the jobs market. Therefore, training together with work experience is vital to give confidence to school and university leavers to help them successfully enter the workforce.”


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KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP and operates from 22 offices across the UK with approximately 11,500 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.8 billion in the year ended September 2013. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. It operates in 155 countries and has 155,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

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