Young people are facing a "crisis" in confidence to find a decent job, often because they are worried about their experience, a study shows.
A survey of more than 1,500 people aged 16 to 21 by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and EY Foundation, found that many were not aware of job opportunities.
One in three lacked confidence in finding a high-quality job, said the report, which called for employers to be involved in school-to-work programmes to end the "pot luck" of who learns about work.
Ann Francke, chief executive of the CMI, said: "Young people aspire to become leaders but it's currently luck of the draw whether they get the necessary chances to learn how.
"We need employers and educators to help the next generations to develop practical skills and confidence from a younger age."
Maryanne Matthews, chief executive of the EY Foundation, said: "What young people are saying loud and clear in this report is that there is a disconnect between having an experience(s) of work and the confidence to get a job, especially if they come from a low-income household."