The organisation's Senior Policy Adviser, Alex Jackman, also told the cross-party committee, which is examining issues surrounding youth unemployment, that Government should widen the eligibility criteria for certain youth training schemes and make them less restrictive to small businesses.
"The problem for small firms currently is that there is no single tool to help find what they are actually eligible to apply for. NI holidays for firms are regional, and depend on the age of the employee and the business itself. There are other schemes too such as apprenticeship grants which come with stringent terms. Essentially let's cut out the hoop-jumping process and streamline it for businesses that simply haven't got the time to do endless research.
"A single system where a firm can type in their basic details and in return are offered a list of suitable schemes would be a huge help here."
The Forum of Private Business today advised a House of Commons Select Committee that schools must do more when it comes to teaching youngsters basic work skills as part of the National Curriculum to make them more attractive to employers.