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Work experience for children boosts career prospects.

THERE is a clear link between work experience at school and job prospects in later life, according to a new study.

A group of experts and policy makers have called for an increase in the quality and quantity of placements for children. The report by the Education and Employers Taskforce charity and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), backed by Employment Minister Chris Grayling, highlighted the benefits of work experience.

It found it could lead to clear and realistic career ambitions for 16-year-olds, which reduces the chances of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training).

The report also found that 68% of teachers felt pupils returned from work experience more motivated, while twothirds of pupils said their placement helped them decide how to pursue their career goals.

Meanwhile, one of the key results from a survey of head teachers by the Taskforce and the Times Educational Supplement showed that 48% of school leaders plan to change the way they provide work experience.

Former Welsh secondary school leader Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: "As a head teacher I have seen attitudes to school of many young people transformed as a result of their highly positive experience on a placement."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 19, 2012
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