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Lack of work experience causing problems.

Lack of work experience causing problems.

The power of work experience can’t be overstated. Young people need meaningful interactions with companies if they are to hit the ground running when they take their first steps into the working world. These placements can not only help students to develop workplace skills but also inspire them to find careers they’ll love.



This isn’t news to most. A recent study from the Education and Employers charity and Life Skills by Barclays, "Making the Grade", reported nine out of 10 secondary school teachers (93 per cent) say that work experience and employer related activities can help students to do better in exams. Similarly, according to the Education and Employers charity, students who experience four or more employer engagements are seven times less likely to be a NEET (a young person not in education, employment or training) and are likely to earn 17 per cent more than peers without the same experience.

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