The death of the Saturday job, recruitment through word of mouth, and a lack of progression opportunities, mean more young people than ever before are facing unemployment or under-employment, according to a new report.
The Youth Employment Challenge published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, shows that young people are now less likely to combine work and learning. The number of full time learners (aged 16 to 17) with evening or weekend jobs has halved in the past 15 years, from four in ten in the late 1990s to two in ten now.
In part this is because many of the jobs that young people do, such as restaurant or shop work, are in decline because of the recession. Increased pressure to do well in exams, with young people spending more of their time studying, may also account for the downward trend.
Longer-term, a lack of work experience can affect young people’s future employment prospects.
Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills urged employers to support young people gain experience, “Only one in four employers recruit young people from education. That simply has to change,” he said. “Small actions can make a big difference, and things like arranging work experience placements, giving talks to young people and offering work shadowing and mentoring are just some of the ways employers can help.”
Getting a Saturday job
One of the main benefits of a Saturday job or part time work is getting paid, but you may also develop useful work or life experience that you can put on your CV. Skills such as team work, problem solving or dealing with difficult customers can all prove useful for future job applications, and you will also gain an insider’s view on what it’s like to work within a particular sector.
If you’d like to get a Saturday job, try asking in local shops and businesses, or look out for adverts in shop windows or local papers.
Ask friends, neighbours and relatives to let you know if they hear of anything as many Saturday vacancies are not advertised and are filled by word of mouth.
You could also check out the websites of large retailers, restaurants or hotel chains.
If you are under 16, there are a number of restrictions around the hours and type of work that you can do. More information is available here.