The transition from higher education to work can be challenging for young people.
The road to success is not easy, even for those who are just starting out in their careers. Young people aged 16 and 17 who are unemployed in the United Kingdom were unemployed at 10.8 percent in January 2023.
As a result, it is more important than ever for employers to help young workers make the transition from education to full-time employment successfully.
Here are some tips for helping young workers transition into the workforce.
Provide mental health support
In 2022, just over a quarter of teenagers aged 17 to 19 had probable mental health issues, up from one in six in 2021.
In particular, the Coronavirus pandemic affected young people, who saw their education affected and saw their social interactions with friends decrease.
As a result of virtual mental health counselling, employers are giving their employees more awareness and support when it comes to protecting their mental health. In addition to virtual support groups, tools to help build mindfulness and resilience, and training tools to support people with a mental illness, employers are taking out insurance to help cover the cost of mental health treatment.
Mental health assistance can only improve your company’s productivity in the long run.
Providing perks to employees
Job perks should be a rather literal part of any position and may help you retain your employees.
For example, there could be free drinks or fresh food delivered to the office, free eye exams, or vouchers for popular high-street stores.
If you want to boost physical and mental well-being, perhaps discounted gym memberships or bike-to-work schemes will be helpful.
Providing plenty of training and opportunities
Providing mental well-being support and offering perks to young employees is definitely a great way to keep them engaged, but they have to be able to do their job well as well.
It is a nervy time for new employees to start their full-time careers, so be patient with them as they adjust to their new roles.
Providing plenty of training, whether it’s through courses and seminars or having a mentor to lead them, will increase their chances of success.