Work experience at school boosts apprentices, says Ofsted

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People who take part in work experience at school are more likely to succeed in an Apprenticeship, according to a study by Ofsted.
The office for standards in education has found that those with previous experience are more likely to make good progress in Apprenticeships compared to those starting straight from leaving school.
Trainers and employers felt that the most important attributes of a potential apprentice were the right attitude and commitment to employment.

The research also found that work experience in the area that interested the young person was seen as a positive force in equipping them with an appropriate work ethic and basic employment skills.

Despite the benefits of work experience, the employers questioned in the survey said that the number of students they could accommodate on placements was restricted because so many schools ask for placements during the same short period at the end of the academic year.

Ofsted’s national director for learning and skills Matthew Coffey said: “There has been much concern lately about the quality of Apprenticeships. When looking at the national picture we can see that around 70 per cent of Apprenticeships are good or outstanding but more needs to be done to improve provision further.

“The Apprenticeships for young people best practice report will provide a vast pool of knowledge and examples on how to deliver Apprenticeships successfully and will act as a useful guide for trainers, assessors and educational leaders wishing to improve. It is clear that more work experience, vocational study and course tasters are needed to ensure learners are on the right Apprenticeship for them and that they understand the demands of work.”

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