A recent article published by People Management explains that it is ‘about more than tea rounds’…….


A guide to dispel the myths surrounding work experience and highlight the benefits to both employers and young people, has been published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). The guide, called 'Not just making tea: Reinventing work experience', aims to encourage employers to inspire young people who come to them for work experience.


It follows recent research with 90,000 employers, by UKCES, which revealed the top reason employers thought young people were unprepared for work was a lack of experience.


Further research shows that 74 per cent of employers said experience in the workplace is significant or critical when hiring young people. But despite the seemingly high demand for experience, just 27 per cent of employers said they offered young people the chance to gain work experience. Julie Kenny, UKCES commissioner and chief executive at Pyronix, said: “Work experience is far more than tea rounds and photocopying: it’s about giving young people of all ages the skills, confidence and experience they need to progress into meaningful jobs. As employers, we are best placed to offer young people these opportunities.” The CIPD has also published a set of top tips for employers titled ‘Making work experience work’, which draws on HR insight from the institute’s Learning to Work programme. Katerina Rüdiger, CIPD head of skills and policy campaigns, said: “Employers tell us that one of the key things they look for when they take on new recruits is previous experience. However, as it becomes increasingly difficult for young people to access the labour market, many risk becoming trapped in a ‘no experience, no job’ cycle. “This is as much a disadvantage for employers as it is for young people, as organisations risk not being able to recruit individuals with the skills and attributes needed to make their business a success. Offering high quality work experience placements is an easy way for employers to ensure they will have access to a wide range of talented new recruits who have the work-based experience they crave.”


Businesses who offer work experience cite benefits such as improved brand loyalty, better market insights and improved staff development and engagement. Twenty per cent of employers who offer work experience also say it helps them when recruiting new staff.


For young people, the benefits extend through to undergraduates studying at university. Those young people who already have work experience on their CV when leaving university are proven to get better degrees, earn higher wages and are less likely to be unemployed.



Full article can be found at http://www.cipd.co.uk/pm/peoplemanagement/b/weblog/archive/2014/02/20/ukces-launches-guide-to-banish-employer-myths-around-work-experience.aspx


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