CIPD research found that, when recruiting, an increasing majority of employers prefer candidates with ‘employability’ skills and a broad understanding of their sector, rather than specialist skills and knowledge required for specific vacancies.
It is critical that young people can demonstrate these essential skills – such as teamwork, presenting and problem solving - when entering the workplace and that individuals are supported to develop these skills throughout their working lives.
Key to gaining these skills is practical insight into the world of work through work experience. Time spent with employers also broadens young people’s knowledge of industries, helping to shape their career decisions and offering them ways to explore the workplace.
Encouragingly, employers have continued to engage young people following the pandemic, transitioning from face-to-face encounters to virtual activities. In doing so, employers are playing an essential role in helping young people learn about work, gain skills that are valued and take on real-life tasks.
What is virtual work experience?
Benefits of virtual work experience
Creating impactful work experience
How to engage young people
Virtual work experience case studies
Advice for employers on making work experience work, highlighting good recruitment practices and providing information on feedback during placements
Guidance for employers on starting or improving an internship programme, including a checklist and model agreement
Our evidence on the current state of the apprenticeship system in England, and the reforms needed to ensure apprenticeships provide access to the labour market for young people
Guidance and practical recommendations for supporting employees experiencing domestic abuse
Practical advice to help employers provide support around menstruation and menstrual health in the workplace
Practical guidance to effectively manage and support an employee’s return to work after long-term sickness absence
Practical guidance to effectively oversee and support an employee’s return to work after long-term sickness absence