Call for renewed focus on work experience in Wales

Work experience should be a feature of the new curriculum in Wales to help students go on to become creative and enterprising employees, Estyn has concluded.

In a report the education inspectorate for Wales is recommending that schools build on good practice and give pupils access to real-life work-related experiences.

The pressure on budgets and staffing levels over the years have reduced the number of schools which guarantee work placements for pupils.

However, Estyn is clear that the benefits of experience of the world of work are great and it wants schools to embed this into the new curriculum, the final version of which has just been published following consultation and which is due to roll-out from 2022.

Jassa Scott, strategic director at Estyn, said: “Links with employers can give pupils access to real-life work-related experiences. Although many schools hold an annual careers fair, arrange visits to workplaces and host careers speakers, only a minority now offer work experience.

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