The City and Guilds Group conducted research which found that almost 80% of employers think work experience is essential to preparing young people for work, while two-thirds of employers would be more likely to hire a young person with work experience.
These results highlight the need for work experience. Not only is it a brilliant way for young people to gain insight into what it’s like to have a job, but employers will also benefit from a better-skilled workforce that will contribute to economic growth.
For this reason, Founders4Schools is currently developing a work experience app that will provide students with work placement in a business near them. We presented our ideas to students interning at City and Guilds and found that they were all very excited about the concept, especially because they themselves saw first-hand the true value of work experience.