The A-Z Pre-Employment Guide for employers & employees



Q. How can an employer attract younger job applicants?

A. Traditional methods of job advertising like the situations vacant pages may not be read by people aged 16-24 years. Young people are likely to find out about jobs from friends, school careers advisers, community notice boards and websites.

Q. Can an employer reject a 17-year-old person on the basis of inexperience?

A. Yes, an employer can reject an applicant on the basis of inexperience if experience is a core competency for the job.

However, no employee aged 16 or over can be rejected solely on the basis of age. All new job applicants, regardless of age, need time to become familiar with their role. Good performance at work is not age dependent.