5 Reasons Why Companies Should Hire Young People

Youth employment plays a central role in the promotion of social and economic development in South Africa. As the talent pool of tomorrow, it is imperative that businesses become more invested in training and employing young people.

While hiring young people has the greatest likelihood of breaking the vicious cycle of poverty in the lives of young South Africans and putting them in a position to consider better career opportunities, there is a widespread reluctance to hire young people. This reluctance, which largely is associated with the general perception that millennials are a difficult generation to work with, while not unfounded, should not be the reason, you as an employer should dismiss them when their CVs end up in your applications mailbox and here are 5 reasons why hiring young people could actually benefit your organisation.

Short-term solution

Many young people are caught in the conundrum of having no job because they have no experience and having no experience because they cannot get a job. This conundrum could easily be addressed by hiring the many talented and eager young people for temporary roles. Hiring young people for temporary or fixed term opportunities not only enables you to quickly fill such positions but enables you to assist in acclimatising a young person to the world of work and building their professional resume.


Hiring a young person can also benefit your organisation as the salaries of these candidates are significantly lower than those of older more experienced employees. Although the cost of training a young person can be significant, hiring a young candidate over an older more experienced candidate can be beneficial in that it will still cost the company less in salaries and any initial cost incurred to the company for training can be refunded through higher productivity. Additionally, with savvy online platforms like JobStarter that offer a database of work-ready young people for free, hiring young people has never been easier or cheaper!

Adaptability and agility

Constantly the market, technology, trends and priorities are changing at rapid speed, in such an environment it is necessary to hire a person that is agile and can easily adapt to sudden change. The ability of young people to quickly adapt to change gives young people an advantage in the workplace, thus making them suitable employees in any industry.


In an era where digital technologies are becoming a necessity in business, it has become fundamental to hire employees that are able to apply and understand different technologies quickly. In this respect, hiring young people can be advantageous for your business as they are not only able to quickly learn new technologies but also assist in helping your business to navigate the digital space, be it through increasing your social media presence or suggesting useful apps and software to improve business solutions.

Easy to train and teach

While hiring a candidate with no experience may seem daunting the advantage is that you will essentially be hiring a ‘blank slate’ so to speak. This affords you, as an employer, the opportunity to develop a workforce of young people specifically trained to meet your organisation’s needs. In addition, to ensure that industry-specific skills are passed onto the younger generation through training and hiring young people, there is also the added bonus that your organisation could train a young person and have your specific Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) cover the young employees’ stipend. Hiring young people and training them in specific roles could also enable your organisation to benefit in a number of ways.

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It is understood that the inexperience of young people and the generational differences can sometimes make hiring these candidates difficult. However, everyone has to start somewhere and with LinkedIn 2015 Talent Trends Report indicating that young people will make up 50% of the workforce by 2020, it is becoming imperative for companies to invest more in training and employing them.