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The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has claimed that work experience in London and other parts of the UK needs to be improved in order for both young people and businesses to benefit from the arrangements.
In a collaboration with Jobcentre Plus, the body has launched a new guide outlining ways that companies can make placements more productive for both parties.
Among the tips offered in the Work Experience: Placements that Work document are advice on the structure of the arrangements, devising a plan and appropriate tasks, giving constructive feedback and guidance on how to prepare young people for the world of employment.
Katerina Rudiger, skills policy adviser at the CIPD, said that employers can be reluctant to take inexperienced people on, particularly in a tough economic climate, however, there are several upsides to doing so.
"Managed properly, though, a work experience placement can benefit both the individual and the employer … work experience should sit alongside apprenticeships and internships as a valuable way to make young people more employable," she added.
Phil Donnelly, from Step, told the Daily Mirror recently that some evidence of having spent time in a commercial organisation is almost a prerequisite for graduate jobs these days.
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