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News - 5 February 2012

Work experience cuts likelihood of future unemployment

Research from the Education and Employers Taskforce finds that the more young people come into contact with employers and the world of work while they are at still at school, the less likely they are to go on to be unemployed.

The research found that school pupils who took part in four or more activities with employers were five times less likely to drop out of school or training and to be NEET [not in employment, education or training] upon leaving school. The most recent figures suggest one in five English 16- to 24-year-olds are NEET.

Even small-scale contact with the world of work, such as school visits from professionals and business people, was found to have a big impact on young people's prospects.

Report author Dr. Anthony Mann said his research suggested the impact was down to how the school approached these sessions with employers, rather than particularly keen individuals making the most of the opportunities available.

At the end of February the Economic Partnership is hosting a visit from pupils at Tideway School to listen to a variety of speakers talk about their jobs and what their working life entails.

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