Young people concerned about lack of L&D: Poll

by L&D30 Aug 2016
Many young Australians are struggling at work and need urgent support, according to new independent research.

The results found that 56% of young Australians surveyed said they were receiving no training at work.

Moreover, 65% of young people said they want to improve their skills and professional development, while 64% said they have no kind of career progression.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) commissioned the market research firm QDOS Research to conduct the poll in the first half of 2016.

Almost 500 Australians who were between 18 and 24 years of age took part.

The importance of L&D for young people was also seen in this year’s ManpowerGroup report Millennial Careers: 2020 Vision.

It found that three quarters of Australian millennials said that learning new skills is a top factor when considering a new job.

The ACTU President Ged Kearney said more has to be done by employers and the Government to assist young people through training and education initiatives.

“The Federal Government needs to invest in young people through education and training,” said Kearney.

“Employers also need to be held responsible for paying young people the right wages, their penalty rates, super and providing adequate on the job training.

“Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash must turn their attention to young working people and address these serious problems.”

The QDOS Research results also found that half of respondents said they were being treated poorly by their managers.

Further, 51% think they are not being paid the right amount and are concerned about their working conditions, while 49% said they cannot rely on getting regular work.

A quarter are worried they are not being paid enough superannuation by their bosses, and 72% said they would like some external support with safety issues.

“The results showed that many young working people have major concerns, including: being treated badly by management, no access to training or development, and issues with getting regular work and pay,” said Kearney.

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