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school work experience-myth busting

9 July 2013

School work experience is the latest area the government has turned its attention to, with a view to removing unnecessary red tape. It has been difficult to get employers to engage with these schemes as they have felt under pressure to carry out additional assessments and checks before taking on students.

The government, HSE, DfE and Ofsted have now each issued revised guidance to employers in relation to work experience. The raft of new guidance radically reduces the burdens placed on schools and businesses. Schools will welcome these changes especially as from September work experience will form an integral part of the 16-19 study programme and demand will need to be met.

However, there is still a duty on employers to consider their risk management practices, especially with young people in the workplace and schools will need to satisfy themselves that these have been met.

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