The Minister for Employment has urged employers to sign up to a new work experience charter published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as part of a call for more employers to get involved in offering work experience.
The charter forms part of more detailed guidance on how to deliver quality work experience placements and is designed to encourage more employers to help young people break the vicious cycle of no experience, no job. Employers who follow the guide, ‘Work experience placements that work’, and commit to the charter, will be delivering ten key principles, including tailoring placements to individual needs, ensuring they give young people a solid introduction to working life, and communicating with young people about the role they will play in the organisation, what is expected of them and what they can expect in return in terms of support, supervision and mentoring. With the recent bad publicity surrounding work experience, such as “Work experience scheme used as excuse to hire workers without pay”, the charter and guidance should prove very useful to employers.
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