CIPD: No quick fixes will make British citizens employable

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has told the Labour Party that quick fixes will not help more British citizens get jobs.

Reacting to a speech by Labour leader Ed Miliband in which he promised new immigration measures to protect British workers, Gerwyn Davies, Public Policy Adviser at the CIPD, said culture change was required to boost employability and opportunities for young people.

"Political speeches and policies on migrant labour come and go. What remains constant is the desperate need of employers for workers with the skills and attitudes required to drive growth and performance for their organisations,” Mr. Davies said. “Real solutions to the challenge of getting more British citizens into jobs won't come in the form of quick fixes. What is required is a culture change which sees policy makers, education providers and employers engaging consistently and with commitment to improve the academic, technical and, crucially, the employability skills of young people.”

Mr. Davies told the Labour that it is only through culture change that the UK will get to a point where employers no longer say “that they turn to migrant labour because they prefer the skills, experience and work ethic to that they see when they recruit more locally.”

He said that was one of the reasons why the CIPD has launched their "Learning to Work" campaign, “working with employers to bridge the gap between education and work, making young people more ready for the workplace, helping employers to ensure work is more "young-people ready", and breaking the vicious cycle of no-experience, no-work."

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