Report reveals youth employment challenge facing public services


Background research on precarious employment in the public services and initiatives to improve the recruitment, training and career development of young workers

A report for EPSU by Nick Clark, Senior Research Fellow -
Working Lives Research Institute, May 2012

EPSU commissioned the Working Lives Research Institute to carry out a research project investigating public service employers’ arrangements for the recruitment and training of young workers. The aim was to present and discuss the research and draft a series of recommendations for action by EPSU affiliates at national level as well as initiatives to be considered for implementation at European level.

This briefing paper examines the extent to which young workers are employed in three sections of the public services and are affected by precarious employment in these sectors. It seeks to identify any initiatives taken by employers in the public services to improve the recruitment, retention, training and career development of young workers. Finally, we also enquire into approaches adopted by EPSU affiliates to respond to the challenge posed by the treatment of young workers in public services, whether by collective bargaining, campaigns or internal structures.

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