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COVID-19 and Social Mobility Impact Brief #5: Graduate Recruitment and Access to the Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has already had a considerable impact on Britain’s job market. Job vacancies have reduced by 65% compared to the same period last year with thousands of jobs already lost and just under a third of businesses planning to cut the size of their workforce in the next three months. The Office for Budget responsibility has predicted that overall unemployment (which stood at 3.9% between March and May this year) could rise to as high as 13% in the wake of the crisis; considerably higher than following the 2008 recession, when it reached a high of 8%....

Date Published: 29th July 2020
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More Than a Job’s Worth: Making Work Experience Fit for Purpose

Work experience encompasses young people’s experience of work tasks in work environments on time-limited placements, alongside their education.   It offers a range of benefits for young people, including providing:
  • Insight into the world of work that improved their ability to make decisions about the future, understand workplace ‘norms’ and behaviours, and to understand different sorts of workplaces;
  • Development of career-relevant skills valued by employers including communication, teamwork, resilience and confidence, and;
  • Improved long-term careers outcomes, including wage-premiums, employability, and a reduced likelihood of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
  However, work experience’s potential to achieve these benefits remains untapped. The...

Date Published: 2nd May 2019
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