Welsh employers urged to offer more work experience

Scott Waddington, Wales’ Commissioner for Employment and Skills, has urged Welsh employers to offer more work placements to young people.

Waddington’s comments follow a survey which found that while work experience is considered critical to employability, relatively few businesses offer placement opportunities.

According to a survey of over 2,000 employers across Wales, 63% regarded relevant work experience as either a significant or critical requirement amongst those applying to join the workforce. However just 39% of Welsh employers provided placement opportunities and only 31% offer such opportunities to those still in education.

While two thirds of Welsh employers provide staff training, just 13% of all Welsh employers currently offer formal apprenticeships.

While 66% of recruiting organisations had hired one or more 16 to 24 year-olds in the past year, just 31% had given jobs to someone just out of education.

Waddington said: “Clearly employers feel more comfortable hiring those who have some experience of their industry or job type so extending more opportunities to young people in education will help match the right people to the right jobs and help employers find themselves good calibre and well-motivated recruits.”