Pre-16 Work Experience in England and Wales

Hillage J, Honey S, Kodz J, Pike G | Report 319 | Institute for Employment Studies | Oct 1996

Work experience is the most influential form of link between education and employment for young people at school. Over 500,000 students go out of school into workplaces for up to three weeks in the last year of their compulsory education.

This study, carried out for the Department for Education and Employment, was the first comprehensive analysis of where young people go when completing work experience, what they do, and how it is organised.

It is based on a national survey of work experience co-ordinators, supplemented by detailed case studies in six parts of the country.