College Students Believe Work Experience Is Key

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), April 16, 2015 | Go to article overview

College Students Believe Work Experience Is Key


STUDENTS rate the importance of being work ready as youth unemployment soars, official figures have shown.

Young people are facing the greatest employment challenge in 20 years, as statistics show they are three times more likely to be unemployed than the national average.

Latest data from the Office of National Statistics states almost 16 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds are currently unemployed, compared to a national average of five per cent, the biggest disparity since the 1990s.

The Midland Studio College Hinckley, which is sponsored by North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and part of The Midland Academies Trust, conducted research to understand how students are getting work ready in these difficult times.

The survey of Year 10 students at the school showed how students believed the combination of extensive workplace experience and working with personal coaches had given them the skills to be work ready and the confidence to secure employment.

The work placement programme was the most valuable part of students' education at the school, according to the findings. Almost three-quarters of respondents said gaining work experience throughout their studies helped them develop an understanding of the work environment, as well as learning important technical skills needed in the local economy. …

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