by Samantha Bartlett on April 26, 2013

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Teens not preparing for jobs properly, says report

A new report has found that teenagers aren’t preparing themselves enough for jobs.

According to the study, which was carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), many young people don’t understand, or have the right skills for the jobs that they are applying for. Results also showed that many teens didn’t even know anything about the company they were applying for, with the CIPD saying youngsters often take a ‘scattergun’ approach to applications.

The study also claimed that many young people who are applying for jobs in London and the rest of the UK are even using ‘text speak’ in their job applications.

Talking about the situation, Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, told dailymail.co.uk: “When it comes to recruitment, it can feel as though young people and employers are on completely different planets. Too many young people are struggling to find their first job, whereas many employers are finding it difficult to get the skills they need.”

Authors of the report even went as far as to say Britain was a ‘ticking time bomb’ of skills shortages amongst young people. Statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there are currently 979,000 young people in the UK between the ages of 16-24 unemployed, according to hrmagazine.co.uk. However this does include 300,000 full-time students.