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38% have a school leaver programme in place, a rise from 15%


Recruiters have risen to the challenge of youth unemployment over the last year, doubling the number of school leaver programmes, according to new research from The Forum for In-house Recruitment Managers.

38% have a school leaver programme in place, a rise from 15%

Of the in-house recruiters who participated in The FIRM’s Annual Membership Survey (2012 – 2013), 38% confirmed they have a school leaver programme in place, including apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, work experience and graduate programmes. This rise represents a significant increase on the previous year’s study that identified such schemes were only on offer in 15% of organisations.

Gary Franklin, co-founder of The FIRM, is impressed with the investment employers are making here:

“Recruiters are proactively pushing ahead with their efforts to engage young people. Initiatives like National Apprenticeship Week will only serve to further promote the advantages of investing in younger workers to employers and enable even more companies to benefit from this creative and enthusiastic talent pool.”

According to the National Apprenticeship Service, more than 130,000 workplaces already offer apprentice places and are taking advantage of the increased productivity and improved competitiveness that can come from bringing this group of new talent on board.

National Apprenticeship Week runs from 11 to 15 March 2013. For more information on it, go to


 To talk with The FIRM about its latest research contact Kay Phelps on 07710 043 244 or email

 The FIRM recently completed its second member research study to identify the methods recruiters use online and offline, pinpoint patterns in the recruitment industry during 2012 and predict trends for 2013. As part of the study, 279 recruiters in 246 unique organisations completed an online questionnaire. The full results from the study will be published on Thursday 14 March 2013.

 The FIRM – The Forum for In-House Recruitment Managers – is run by in-house recruiters for in-house recruiters and has over 6000 members in 56 countries. It is a supportive and collaborative community for members that was established in December 2007. The FIRM promotes integrity and best practice throughout the in-house resourcing and talent community, aspiring to raise the standard of service that members provide to internal customers and which members receive from external suppliers. For more information go to

 Gary Franklin co- founder of The FIRM, has over 15 years’ resourcing experience. Gary has worked in-house and as part of an agency team across a range of organisations including Symantec, Aviva and FirstGroup. To find out more about Gary, go to

 Emma Mirrington co-founder of The FIRM, has over 13 years’ experience of in-house and agency resourcing, recruitment and outsourcing. She was worked with a variety of organisations, including Sky and Mars Chocolate UK. To find out more about Emma, go to

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