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Employers need to provide quality work experience over quantity

Young people too often have left school without the knowledge, training or experience demanded by employers.

Moving into the employability world can be a scary step for school leavers’ to make, however leaving school, college or university without any ‘real’ work experience is an even scarier.

Research shows that work experience is the biggest influencing factor when it comes to career choice and now forms an integral part of the 16-19 study as schools and colleges are expected to offer their students high quality and meaningful work experience as part of each study programme. The intention is for students to gain valuable experience of the work environment and develop their employability skills.

According to UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), every region in England saw a rise in the proportion of young people continuing in education or training. This includes rises of more than 5,000 in London, more than 4,800 in the south east and almost 3,000 in the east Midlands. This is because the government has put in place a comprehensive programme of reforms, both pre- and post-16, designed to improve the quality of education and to support more young people to participate.

The Springboard Charity, which helps young, disadvantaged and unemployed people into work within the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry, see the importance of helping young people develop the skills and vital experience they need to sustainable jobs, which is why we facilitate and track work experience that happens within the hospitality industry.

Springboard has had 9,325 students complete work experience in hospitality with 50% of those aged 16-19 years old.

“My favourite part of the work experience was working in the Room Service Kitchen, getting to know the team and learning on the go”. Noyemie Oundjian – Park Plaza Riverbank

Springboard works with over 90 employers who have signed up to INSPIRE, (Springboard’s Quality standard for Work Experience). With the Quality standard, we are 100% positive that students undertaking an INSPIRE work experience will benefit from this greatly and will have a quality work placement in the hospitality industry and go on to consider this industry as a career choice.

“Work Experience is a really great way for a young person to explore their career options, enhance their CV, develop a range of transferable skills whilst ensuring they make a good impression on a prospective key employer” Ruth Bankover, Head of Work Experience, The Springboard Charity

For more information on INSPIRE click here, or email