According to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Commission (UKCES) research, two thirds of employers say that work experience is a crucial factor when hiring staff, more than those who prioritise academic qualifications.
Ahead of the GCSE and A-level results due to release, the Government will be launching the “WE Can” campaign, where advice would be given on how others can set up their own work experience placements and make the most of their time in a business setting.
Employment Minister, Priti Patel said, ““Young people tell me they can’t get a job without work experience, but they can’t get work experience without a job. That is why we are launching the WE can campaign to give young people practical advice about making the most of their summer holidays – and beyond - to gain valuable business skills. With 14 million jobs likely to open up in the UK in the next decade, this one nation Government wants young people to be at the forefront of the opportunities to get the best start in life.”
“WE Can” campaign will be supported by up to 12,000 young people who have taken part in Youth Employment UK activities- led by their 84 youth ambassadors from across the country.
The campaign will encourage them the chance to take ‘workies’ – the work version of a selfie – to demonstrate to their friends at school, college and university how the new skills they have picked up during work experience has helped them in their career.