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“Old Etonian Nick Hurd claims young jobseekers lack “grit”. No, they lack jobs. So simple even an Old Etonian ought to get it.”


#Grit - do young people lack it?


“[Nick Hurd’s] “grit” comment [has been] taken very much out of context”


Commenting on the continuing rise in levels of ‘NEETS’ in the three months to June, Conservative minister Nick Hurd caused widespread furore in August by his suggestion that youth unemployment can be attributed to school-leavers’ ‘lack of grit’. In responding to the comment, a number of angry


tweeters interpreted the comments as a sign of disjuncture between the government and the reality of the UK’s unemployment situation, with many commentators drawing attention to Hurd’s own privileged background as proof:


“The closest Nick Hurd has got to grit is an occasional plate of oysters”


“Old Etonian Nick Hurd claims young jobseekers lack “grit”. No, they lack jobs. So simple even an Old Etonian ought to get it.”


“The closest Nick Hurd has got to grit is an occasional plate of oysters”


Amidst the provocation, however, a handful of tweeters dared to admit that Hurd might have a point…


“[Nick Hurd’s] “grit” comment [has been] taken very much out of context”


“Reading beneath the Mailesque bluster, Nick Hurd seems to be saying we’re not addressing the skills agenda”


Arguably, Hurd’s comments were only a repeat performance of what has already been said time and time again. In fact, his remark came just days after a new piece of research from the British Chambers of Commerce, which found that many employers feel “disheartened and downright frustrated” by poor levels of literacy, numeracy, communication and timekeeping among school leavers and graduates. Read more: www.britishchambers.org.uk. What are your views on this Twitter maelstrom - in your


experience, do young people lack “grit”? Let us know! @agrtweets


…In brief - subjects and surveys worth a click Other topics that have caught our twitter attention recently include:


“Despite improving economic conditions, the research found that just 29% of employers are taking on new staff in the 16-24 age range.”


GTI Six Surveys GTI Media have published six new student/graduate surveys about young peoples’ aspirations and motivations across six sectors of work. Based on the responses of 2,856 students from over 80 different universities, the research reveals which undergrads are motivated most by a high salary, and which most value the opportunity to contribute to society. Visit http://gtimedia.co.uk to read the results.


CIPD/Hays Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey The latest CIPD Talent Planning Survey, published in August, uncovered some worrying trends about youth employment. Despite improving economic conditions, the research found that just 29% of employers are taking on new staff in the 16-24 age range. CIPD chief executive Peter Cheese commented that “there are some great


examples of employers who are seeking to address this trend by implementing youth engagement strategies, creating apprenticeship opportunities or school-leaver programmes. These organisations should be congratulated for their great work.” www.cipd.co.uk


notgoingtouni.co.uk survey New fi gures released notgoinguni.co.uk indicate that more school-leavers are opting to reject university in favour of apprenticeships and school leaver schemes. Over 115,000 applications were made through the site from August 2012 − July 2013, up 48% from the previous year. Responding to the fi gures in an interview with Wales Online, AGR Chief Executive Stephen Isherwood noted that many AGR members have “multiple options” for school leavers, and offer more than just graduate entry routes.


Don’t forget that you can follow members of the AGR team @ClaireAdamsAGR and @Isherwood_AGR GRADUATE RECRUITER 27


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