Monday, February 27, 2012

It Is Who You Meet... An Argument For Work Based Learning

The research 'It's who you meet: why employer contacts at school make a difference to the employment prospects of young adults' by the charity the Education and Employers Taskforce is based on a survey undertaken pro-bono by YouGov which asked young adults aged 19-24 about their current employment status and to reflect on their experiences of the world of work whist they were at school. The findings were striking:

26.1% of young people who could recall no contact with employers whilst at school went on to become NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training). This reduced significantly to 4.3% for those who had taken part in four or more activities involving employers (career insights, mentoring, work tasters, work experience etc). Importantly, robust statistical analysis demonstrates that these outcomes are not linked to academic achievement.

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