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'More time needed to try work experience'.

YOUNG people should spend more time on work experience, according to Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.

The Labour man said sampling the world of work was the best way to help young people into employment.

The MP was speaking at a conference at the London headquarters of Career Academies UK, a group supporting young people in learning about work, getting relevant qualifications and work experience.

Mr Sheerman said: "Work experience is definitely key for the future success of all young people. I believe it is as important as academic study."

But he said spending time on work experience with local employers accounted for just two weeks of the academic year.

"Young people spend about 39 weeks of the year in education and 11 years up to their GCSE year," he said.

"Most young people are encouraged by their secondary school to do two weeks work experience - so, two weeks out of a total of 429.

"No wonder our young people are daunted by the prospect of stepping out into the world of work."

Mr Sheerman said: "I believe that with strong leadership we can rid England of youth unemployment completely.

"No young person should be out of education, training or work before they are 25.

"Unemployment has a profound effect on young people and often kick-starts a long-lasting pattern of worklessness, which is something we should avoid at all costs."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2012
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