Research shows that having a reference letter makes a young person much more likely to find employment, even in the absence of a qualification. “The biggest de-risker to finding work is having experience,” says Tashmia Ismail-Saville, CEO of Youth Employment Service (YES).

YES, through its partners, helps young people get work experience while giving them access to training modules aimed at making them more employable. After a year as a salaried employee they will receive a reference letter that will increase their chances of finding work.

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