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.

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