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Work Experience Report from Speakers for Schools

Anyone working in the youth transitions and career education space will know that Work Experience is a big topic of concern.

There’s not enough to go around, and students often struggle to find placements that relate to the careers they are considering.

But Work Experience makes a huge difference because it gives them first-hand insights they can’t get any other way – watching a video, completing an activity online, or reading about a job just isn’t the same.

Which is why I welcome the latest report from Speakers for Schools – Work Experience For All.

They surveyed people aged 18-30 in the UK and found that access to work experience is limited and determined by how much money you have, but students who have access to work experience earn more (3.4% on average), and are less likely to become NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training).

They also found that work experience is declining, with less on offer and less variety to choose from.

Speakers for Schools are now campaigning to ensure all young people in the UK have access to Work Experience before they leave school, and hopefully we will see this kind of campaign take off elsewhere, including in Australia.

Find out more about the campaign and read the report here.

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