Research and analysis

Not just making tea: a guide to work experience

A guide on the business benefits of offering work experience.


Not just making tea - reinventing work experience

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This guide explains how important it is for businesses to offer work experience as a way to inspire young people and help them move from education to employment. It dispels common myths that can prevent employers offering work experience and gives advice on how they can go about offering work experience.

The guide includes 16 case studies that show a variety of opportunities employers have to provide work experience placements.

Published 19 February 2014