Business and Education Leaders Call for the Return of School Work Experience

In a recent survey of more than 3,000 bosses conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), a majority of 82% said all pupils under 16 should be offered work placements.

BCC director John Longworth said compulsory work experience was crucial "to ensure that every school pupil has the chance to feel the energy, dynamism, buzz and challenge of the workplace for themselves".

"Work experience is crucial to bringing down our stubbornly high youth unemployment rate".

"It will help ensure more young people are prepared for work".

"It will help close the yawning skills gaps reported by frustrated businesses across the UK, who face huge difficulty filling vacancies at every level".

This follows earlier statements by Matthew Hancock Minister for Skills and Enterprise, who said "All the evidence shows work experience helps people get jobs", echoing the latest Statutory Guidance on Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) were work experience is reported to provide vital employability skills and to broaden pupils horizons, inspiring them to embrace new opportunities".

Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, added her voice to the debate sighting the "mistaken policy of downplaying the importance of work experience".

Our Futures wholeheartedly supports these statements as we believe work experience has the power to transform student's attitude to their future and the current studies as it is the culmination of young person's education.