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Employers commonly bemoan the education system’s failure to prepare young people with the skills and attributes they need to succeed in the world of work. Work experience is one of the best ways for young people still at school to prepare for the challenges that starting work will bring.


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Top jobs dominated by privately educated and Oxbridge graduates

Employers should collect and monitor data on the socio-economic background of their staff, it has been recommended, after a report...

How on-the-job training can accelerate school leavers’ career progression

3 Jun 2019

While university is a popular choice for school leavers, well-paid vocational alternatives can also help jump start a successful career,...

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Overeducation blights careers across UK

29 Apr 2019

New data released by the Office of National Statistics has shown that almost a third of graduates have more education than is required for the jobs they are doing.

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Work experience should be compulsory says FSB

24 Apr 2019

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on the government to reintroduce work experience for all school pupils aged...

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UK must act to boost skills or face ‘perfect storm’ of decline

11 Mar 2019

Cuts in public funding for adult skills and falling employer investment has led to the UK's skills base lagging behind that of comparable countries.

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One in five teachers stressed most of the time

25 Feb 2019

Working conditions need to improve and workloads must become more manageable if schools are to stem the number of teachers...

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Two-thirds of parents have not heard of T-levels

5 Sep 2018

Almost two-thirds of parents of secondary school children have not heard of T-levels with just two years to go before...

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GCSE grades are changing: a 9-to-1 guide for employers

21 Apr 2017

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For the past three decades, employers have advertised roles requiring candidates to have a certain number of...

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Apprenticeships and skills now fall under Department for Education

15 Jul 2016

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has been split up and the Government’s skills and apprenticeship policy will...

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Students shun Saturday jobs in favour of studies

16 Jun 2015

The number of young people working part-time while studying has halved, according to a report released today by UK Commission...

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Employers want more support to get young people ready for work

2 Jul 2014

Almost nine in 10 employers feel that school leavers are not ready for work at the age of 16 –...

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NEET numbers at record low, according to government figures

25 Jun 2014

New statistics from the Department for Education (DfE) show that the number of young people not in education, employment or...

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After A-levels: can we get over the careers advice gap?

20 Aug 2013

The British Chambers of Commerce has argued that the Government places too much emphasis on exams. OOP’s COO Betsy Kendall...

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There’s more to interns than cheap labour

18 Jul 2011

Recent headlines have focused on the ethical controversy surrounding internships; not only the nepotism involved in obtaining an internship in...

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Legal opinion: Internships – cheap labour or career opportunity?

14 Jun 2011

On 12 May 2011, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) claimed its first victory in its “cashback for interns” campaign...

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