Tom Hadley, director of policy and professional services at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), said that apprenticeships and other routes into work such as internships and temporary assignments are vital if the country is to avoid a "lost generation" of workers.
"Lack of experience is a major barrier for young people entering a competitive jobs market. Apprenticeships provide a means of developing the skills and demonstrating the attitude to progress up the jobs ladder," he explained.
He added that the business community has a "pivotal role" to play in helping to create pathways into the world of work, while the apprenticeships "push" may also provide new business opportunities for recruiters.
Earlier this year, the REC's Youth Employment Taskforce published its Avoiding a Lost Generation report, which included practical recommendations on boosting the skills of young jobseekers such as gaining experience though apprenticeships.
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