Tackle skills shortage by ending the "no experience trap" for jobseekers
Most school or university leavers face the frustration of being unable to get a first job in their chosen field, simply because businesses will not employ them without previous experience. Even so-called "trainee" positions often tacitly require experience.
The irony is that employers in many industries complain of a skills crisis. It is those same employers who are unwilling to take on new workers and give them a chance to develop relevant skills.
We propose that ALL employers (private and public sector) with a workforce of 10 or more be required by law to recruit a certain number of inexperienced staff each year - unless they have no turnover of existing workers and no incentive to expand. 1 trainee to every 10 experienced workers would be supportable. These mandated junior staff would receive a reduced wage for their first 6 months of employment, and can be replaced if they are not performing satisfactorily after that time.
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