Young Enterprise responds to the British Chambers of Commerce’s survey on work experience
Research released from the British Chambers of Commerce’s Business and Education survey, of over 3,500 businesses and education leaders, published this morning/ yesterday focused on work experience in the UK
Young Enterprise was pleased to hear that 82% of business respondents, and 73% of respondents from schools, colleges and universities believe secondary schools should offer work experience for pupils aged under sixteen.
In order for students to maximise a work experience placement, it is also important for them to have ‘experience of work’ at an early age. We urge schools to start early in their delivery of enterprise education programmes so that, when students take work experience later in their academic careers, it will be the most beneficial to them.
Through a range of enterprise and financial education programmes, Young Enterprise participants gain the key character skills that employers are looking for, and finish education ready to enter the labour market with a range of soft skills. Although we are pleased to see that 50% of firms identified work experience as the top priority activity for businesses to offer young people, only 15% would argue the same for business mentoring. We strongly support the continued conversation between the future workforce and employers, providing networking opportunities and business support that would have otherwise been unavailable.