The Youth Select Committee will look at issues with student work experience
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The Youth Select Committee announced last week that it is conducting an inquiry into barriers to work experience.
The Speakers4Schools survey found that 58 percent of 18-year-olds were concerned that a lack of work experience would hinder their ability to find a job.
The House of Commons also released research that shows more than half a million young people were unemployed this year.
The committee will be collating evidence from various sources, including businesses, charities and young people affected by such barriers.
The Youth Select Committee is made up of 11 members, all under the age of 18. The committee is an effort backed by the House of Commons and is in its seventh year.
This year, they will look into the effectiveness of work experience, its contribution to social mobility and what a good work experience entails for both the student and business.
Committee Chair Claudia Quinn said:
“Work experience has become a growing concern for young people seeking to enter the workplace. We’re looking forward to ensuring we hear a variety of voices on this issue so we can make strong recommendations to the Government.”
The Make Your Mark ballot is the largest voice young people have each year in the UK. Last year, access to work experience was voted one of the top issues for young people.
The committee will hold oral evidence sessions in July in the House of Commons.
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