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Recruit WORKFIT Program

Contributing to a society where all young people can work with vitality and purpose

The overall unemployment rate for people aged 15 to 24 years old in Japan today is 5.1%, and that for people up to the age of 34 is 4.4%. Unemployment in the younger generation thus exceeds that of the total working population,*1 and the number of people who have not yet settled on a career path accounts for 16% of university graduates--more than 80,000 people annually.*2 The Recruit Group works with external partners to help young people be more proactive in their job search through the Recruit WORKFIT Program, support program, which is free of charge. We hope to see a society where all young people can work with vitality and purpose, and are doing what we can to help as many young people as possible find work and grow through their own efforts.

  • *1  Based on the March 2015 Labor Force Survey by the Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication.
  • *2  Based on the fiscal 2014 School Basic Survey by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.

Support for voluntary job application activities through practical programs in conjunction with external organizations

In Recruit WORKFIT Program, our aim is to expand the possibilities of young people who lack confidence in finding a job, or who feel that they have hit a dead end. We want to help as many as possible find work. More than 15,000 young people nationwide have participated in two programs we organize: One is a "1 Day Seminar" that helps participants enhance their strengths and interview skills, and the other is "4-Day Group Work," a practical program focused on honing skills in a group. These hands-on, practical programs help participants better understand themselves, the work they seek, and their own interview skills to give them confidence in their independent job-seeking activities.

Since starting this program, we have cooperated with NPOs, universities, and other external organizations to increase the number of participants. Some of these organizations specialize in supporting young people who have withdrawn from society as they make their way back into the world. By collaborating with the Recruit Group and taking advantage of our job-search expertise, some of these partners have been able to increase the rate of young people who went from unemployed to employed ten-fold. University career centers have also adopted our Recruit WORKFIT Program. We are currently collaborating with 106 organizations (54 NPO offices and 52 universities) nationwide.

Recruit WORKFIT Program--Results and Feedback

In fiscal 2014, 4,173 young people participated in these events held at Recruit offices and at 54 NPO offices and 52 universities. In the four years from fiscal 2011 to 2014, a total of 14,995 people participated.

Number of participantsFY 2011FY 2012FY 2013FY 2014
Total 1242 4211 5369 4173
Recruit 1222 2337 3317 1927
University 20 1220 1308 1371
NPO 0 654 744 865
Number of partnersFY 2011FY 2012FY 2013FY 2014










Two out of three people who participated in a 4-Day Group Work event held at Recruit had received a job offer within 3 months.

Participants in events at a Recruit office in the first half of fiscal 2014 (April-September)Rate of job offers within 3 months
1Day Seminar 65.2%
4-Day Group Work 70.3%

Recruit WORKFIT Program in Thailand

We held the first WORKFIT program in Thailand in Oct. 2016.

Recruit WORKFIT Program in Vietnam

We held the first WORKFIT program in Vietnam in Oct. 2015.

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