Did you know that young people in Australia are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as the general population? According to recent figures, those aged between 15-24 had an unemployment rate of 11.6%, as compared to the general population of just 5.4%. Across the world, young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults, so as World Youth Skills Day approaches on 15 July, we thought it was the perfect time to share our ideas on how employers can help young job-seekers enter the workforce.

  1. Ask yourself, does this role really need someone with 3+ years’ experience?

We understand that in many cases, the default position for a position vacant is to look for someone with experience. An experienced person requires less training, is potentially more mature and saves you the time of teaching someone the ropes. In reality though, most businesses still have a lot of systems and processes that are unique to their business, which means that EVERYONE has to be trained in ‘the way things are done here’.

The other plus side of hiring a young person, potentially with little to no experience, is that they haven’t learned any ‘bad habits’ from your competitors! Whether it’s making coffee, learning to bake bread, use a cash register or booking appointments, the right attitude and someone to show them to ropes means an inexperienced person can learn to do things your way.


  1. Consider whether your new position could be flexible around study commitments.

This doesn’t always mean creating a part-time position, however, it could mean accommodating study-leave where required. Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that around 84% of people aged 15-19 and 44% of people aged 20-24 are enrolled in formal study. With so many young people involved in formal studies, it’s understandable that full-time positions might not always work around lectures, tutorials and study time. On the plus side, as an employer, hiring someone who is studying means hiring someone who is soaking up information, ideas and concepts that could be beneficial to your business!


  1. Take the time to explain expectations.

Young people entering the workforce may not know what’s expected of them on their first day or as an employee in general. They may need extra support in the basics, such as:

  • arriving to work on time, suitably dressed,
  • when lunchtime and breaks are,
  • how to interact with others,
  • what to do when all their work has been completed,
  • how to complete their timesheet,
  • how to read a roster, and
  • workplace health and safety

What do you do to help young people start work in your workplace? If recruiting and managing staff is challenging for you, talk to our Workplace Partners about our workforce management solutions today.