Concerns associated with hiring a young person: Our responses!

Here at The Apprentice Academy, we know how unnerving the idea of hiring a 16-18 year old can be. Here are four concerns that surround hiring a young person, and our responses!


‘62% of employers say that they would not hire a young person as they lack experience’CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey 2014


Naturally, this is true. Young people, especially school-leavers are always going to have little to no work experience when compared to their older colleagues. However, lack of experience is not always a negative attribute to have. Young people have an enthusiasm that is unique to someone with less work experience whilst more experienced employees can be more ‘set in their ways’. This can have an impact on their motivation to learn new skills whilst a young person is more likely to be eager to learn a new, more up-to-date way of doing something.

Technology is always changing, and we have entered the digital age, in Allison Mooney’s article How 2015’s Top Tech Trends will change your life, she says how the continuous burst of new technology will lead to a change in how we consume media, how we make decisions and what we expect from brands, and we need to adapt to these changes. A young person’s fresh, unbiased outlook on today’s essential technology perfectly matches the fast paced evolution of the digital age, and this is exactly what the modern business needs to remain current.

Jamie Breslsford, Spiral Colour’s Sales and Digital Marketing Manager hired apprentice Hannah Lee back in November 2013 and stated:

‘Hannah met all our criteria. She was a graduate with writing ability and a flair for words who was interested in a career in digital marketing. Her youth and lack of experience actually worked in her favour as it meant she was free from entrenched attitudes and ‘bad’ working practices. Instead, Hannah had enthusiasm, was keen to learn and would bring fresh ideas to the company.’

To see the full interview with Jamie, click here.


‘Young people will not bring any skills to the company’


As mentioned in the last point, young people (primarily 16-18 year olds), are part of the ‘digital generation’. They have been brought up alongside technology, and are used to the ever changing trends within the fast paced digital world that is essential to today’s modern business. In a survey of 291 companies employing nearly 1.5 million people, nearly all firms (96%) stated that they were satisfied with young people’s I.T. abilities when they entered the workplace.


‘33% of employers say that they are concerned that a young person would have a bad attitude to work’ CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey 2014


Here at The Apprentice Academy we not only have face-to-face interviews with all potential apprentices, but we also offer a Career Ready Boot Camp to all of our candidates. This is an intensive course that lasts two to five days for Business Apprentices and seven to ten days for Digital Apprentices. During the sessions the candidates can learn more about particular elements of their chosen qualification and receive advice and tips for starting their job. This boot camp not only prepares the young person for entering the world of work by increasing ‘soft’ skills, but also gives us the assurance that the candidates have the drive and determination to succeed within their chosen apprenticeship.


‘It will be difficult for a young person to adjust to the world of work’


The transition from full-time education to full-time employment is always going to be a big change for a young person. Here at The Apprentice Academy we allocate each apprentice with their own career coach and mentor who will support them throughout the programme with regular meetings to check the apprentice’s progress. The apprentice will usually attend workshops at The Academy once a month for additional training and support so that the communication between the Academy and them remains open and we are always approachable to them throughout their journey as an apprentice. Although a natural lack of confidence within the workplace is to be expected from a younger person, the National Employer Skills Survey found that two-thirds of employers (66 per cent) that had recruited a young person who had completed high school found them to be well or very well prepared for work, as did almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of employers that had recruited 17- or 18-year-old college or school leavers.


For more information about hiring an apprentice, please call our office on 0161 200 1673 or fill out our online form.

‘Written by Rebecca, Marketing Intern’