Learning to Work

The Learning to Work programme is led by the CIPD to promote the role of employers in reducing youth unemployment. The CIPD's purpose is to champion better work and working lives, which starts with young people being able to access the labour market.

The overall aim of the programme is to promote the business case for investing in the future workforce. We encourage HR professionals to offer a wide range of access routes into their organisations and ensure their recruitment and management practices are youth-friendly. We also promote direct contact with young people via two youth volunteering programmes, Steps Ahead Mentoring and Inspiring the Future.

Employer youth engagement map

Youth engagement mapBusiness caseEngagePrepareExperienceRecruitInvestMeasure

The CIPD has identified seven key focal points to help encourage greater levels of engagement with young people and secure future talent pipelines. These are Engage, Prepare, Experience, Recruit, Invest and Measure, which are all underpinned by the Business Case. We have provided guidance as to the sorts of activities you/your organisation could be doing under each of these headings to make a real difference.

Read our latest reports

Volunteering to learn: employee development through community action

Explores the link between employee volunteering programmes and learning and development strategies, and particularly how key skills in staff can be harnessed through volunteering with young people.

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Great expectations: a careers guide for parents

The prospect of helping your child navigate their education and career path can be daunting. This guide for parents of children aged 11 to 24 helps in understanding the important decisions and milestones facing young people as they progress through school, college and further education or training as they successfully transition into the world of work.

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Learning to work 2015

Survey findings which highlight a positive trend in terms of entry-level opportunities. Overall there's been an increase in the number of organisations who employ young people aged 16-24: 79% say they now do, up from 73% a year ago.

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Apprenticeships that work - a guide for employers

A guide for employers with ideas on how to design and run high quality apprenticeship programmes that support their business and workforce strategy.

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