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    Work experience often proves to be a very rewarding and valuable time for students, it helps them become independent and gives young people an authentic ‘feel’ for what it is like in the world of work. They will be able to develop and show to prospective employer’s evidence of employability skills, extend their understanding of the world of work and learn from contact with personnel from different employment sectors.

    Many students find that references from their work experience placement can be a great help in attempting to secure employment or college applications. More and more employees like to see that prospective candidates have work experience.

    Graduate recruiters have said that graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process and have less chance of receiving a job offer on an organisation’s graduate programme

    What are the benefits of offering work experience?
    • Specifically to enhance academic motivation (and therefore progression post 16) by showing the relevance of school subjects and constructive attitudes and skills to working life – hence to enhance academic achievement.
    • To promote the development of the ‘whole person’ by providing insight into working life, to its nature and disciplines, and into the changing labour market.
    • To build confidence by enabling young people to experience success in an environment other than that of school.
    • To encourage ‘enterprise awareness’ and knowledge about career opportunities.
    • To contribute to the wider context of Careers Education and Guidance in the school, particularly, to improve ‘employability’. Work Experience is an important element in learning about work.

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