Monday, October 26, 2015

Third of British cos offer no workplace experience

Writing on Forbes.com, contributor Nick Morrison says eight of 10 employers in Britain think workplace experience is the best way to teach people to join the workforce, but only a third provide internships or work-study programs.

Young employees need to get in the groove, learn to show up, follow instructions, dress appropriately, communicate, and so on.

A survey of 3,000 businesses--in Britain--showed that compannies think this is great, but don't go out of their way to provide it.

In the UK, such placements used to be a part of school, now they are not. The work-school link has been broken.

What about here in the US?

I have long thought the links developing between businesses and community colleges to provide special training should be encouraged.

My own kid was in work-study program in high school. She loved it, but it also had some negative aspects, such as the promised after school job not coming through.

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