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Young people have much to gain from volunteering, with leadership skills one of the most important benefits, it has been claimed.
Becci Newton, senior research fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies, said that with the employment sector the way that it is, youngsters need to seize every opportunity to develop personally and professionally.
In both respects, volunteering can help, she stated, noting that this can actually provide them with more than they would get from a paid role with a commercial organisation.
"Volunteering is quite different in that young people have a greater opportunity to perhaps develop lasting leadership skills than they might in work, because they are able to devise to a greater extent or suggest their own projects that they might take forward," Ms Newton added.
According to research by Allen and Overy, the vast majority (88 per cent) of 16 to 18-year-olds have done work experience, yet one in five (19 per cent) felt it gave them a poor insight into the working world and a third (34 per cent) said it left them with no clear idea of what career to pursue.
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