a survey of over 1000 teenagers carried out by the Career Colleges
Trust, the overwhelming majority - 83% - think that work experience
should be compulsory on their school / college curriculum,
suggesting the Government was wrong to remove it from the
curriculum in 2012.
the North East region, 81% of respondents think work experience
should be compulsory. Around a quarter (23%) reported not having
done any work experience at school yet over half (59%) had
proactively organised their own placement.
more than two thirds (67%) of those asked believe work experience
is beneficial for finding employment, with more than half (56%)
saying that it allows you to learn valuable skills that are not
taught in the classroom.
education environments including secondary and grammar schools,
were highlighted in the research as being the least likely to offer
work experience, with students at Career Colleges and FE Colleges
taking part in far more work experience-related
survey also revealed that degrees are no longer felt by teenagers
to be the most important thing for getting a job. Professional
training (55%), relevant work experience (41%), a strong CV (40%)
and good careers advice in school (22%) are viewed as having more
value than just a degree qualification (19%).
fact, to achieve the future career of their dreams, a proactive 92%
of committed teenagers have or would consider taking a part time
job, undertake work experience (90%), transfer to a specialist
college (67%) or start an apprenticeship (72%).
Clinton, Principal of Northumberland College,
Northumberland College we prepare our youngsters for work through
carefully chosen career pathways leading to employment in areas
that help to close the productivity gap in our region. Our Career
College students are able to start their journey on specialist
technical routes earlier whilst still pursuing their core GCSE's
which gives them an advantage over their peers who are studying a
traditional GCSE programme in schools. Additionally, Career College
students are also able to work with employers earlier and therefore
gain the resilience and experience that will enable them to succeed
in their chosen career pathways."
Gilbert, CEO of the Career Colleges Trust,
is clear from this research that today's teenagers in both the
North East and the rest of the country, are desperate for good work
experience opportunities and are very much aware of the benefit
this will have on their future career.
are increasingly narrowing their curriculums, with more emphasis on
academic subjects to meet Progress 8 measure and perform well in
the league tables. This is having a negative effect on students who
not only would benefit from a more vocational pathway but on ALL
students who need experience of industry.
experience is a key component of both the Government's Careers
Strategy and T-Levels - yet it is not featuring on the curriculum
at many schools. Career Colleges are leading the way with sector
specialist, employer-led pathways and schools should be supported
to follow suit and create a much clearer line of sight from
education to employment.
our research shows that young people themselves WANT the
opportunity to develop employability skills and recognise the
importance of doing this. Schools, employers and the Government
simply must work together to support this."