New research has found that up to a third of employers find teenage workers unreliable and immature, and unable to commit to meaningful work in the long-term.
Welfare organisation Mission Australia surveyed some 200 Australian employers, and found many are not satisfied with the work performance of younger workers.
The survey also identified that not having a driving licence or transport hindered a young person's chance of employment and that most of the work offered to teenagers is casual. While 66% of organisations reported they would be looking to recruit new staff before June, most said they would be offering casual positions.
“Some employers appear to be looking to try before they buy in terms of recruiting the next generation of workers,” Noel Mundy from Mission Australia told The Mercury. What’s more, a third of the young people given a job by those surveyed were the children of existing employees, colleagues or friends.
Mission Australia Employment Solutions executive leader Pris Ralston said the survey showed there is a disconnect between people leaving school and the realities of further education, training and employment.