Commenting on deputy prime minister Nick Clegg's speech on youth unemployment this week, Adam Marshall, director of policy at the BCC, said that employers remain deeply concerned about the number of young people unable to find work, despite a recent fall in youth unemployment.
He explained that businesses want to hire young people, but economic uncertainty, combined with poor skills and a lack of experience, often makes it too risky.
The BCC says the Youth Contract is a good short-term solution to reduce these risks and Mr Clegg's announcement is a "good first step" that will help more employers create opportunities for young people in the areas worst affected by unemployment.
However, Mr Marshall added: "The government could go further, and remove the restrictions that prevent small firms with experience of hiring apprentices to benefit from grants that could encourage them to take on additional apprentices. There must also be a focus on creating a simpler offer for employers."
Future generations must leave formal education with the skills and experience to break into the workforce and remain in employment, making them less vulnerable in a challenging economic environment, he added.
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