Education is not enough – our youngsters must go out and get summer jobs

Equipping the next generation with the workplace skills to succeed and thrive is essential – and yet the percentage of young people working while studying has more than halved, falling to 18 per cent in 2014 from 42 per cent in 1997. Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions writes in The Telegraph.

This decline has seen a cultural shift, with young people increasingly focused on education and training solely before moving into the world of work. Yet, as we enter this post-Brexit era, I want to make sure that young people are as prepared as ever for the workplace and I want to restore the merits that summer jobs can bring.

Working alongside studying has many benefits beyond providing additional cash in your pocket. Part-time and summer work can complement, not compete with, education. That’s why, today, I’m launching a summer jobs campaign to make the case for part-time, Saturday and summer jobs.

It’s not too late for those interested in getting a place this summer. There are more than 20,000 adverts for jobs that businesses are looking to fill right now, and we’re making it easier to apply for them by launching a new dedicated search tool on Find a Job – our job-search website – linking summer jobseekers with employers. From working in Center Parcs to working in a pop-up bar at a concert, there’s something out there that everyone can enjoy.

They can help people develop their customer service and problem-solving skills, build their resilience and attitude to work, as well as improve time management and the ability to juggle different priorities. You can see the demands that exist within a workplace and, indeed, get an understanding of what is expected at work.

And the benefit is seen by employers, too. Part-time jobs are an excellent way to gain experience, a factor which 66 per cent of employers say is important when recruiting. Those who combine “earning and learning” are less likely to be NEET (not in education, employment or training) five years later than those just in education, and they are also likely to earn more than those just in full-time education, with evidence showing a premium of 
12-15 per cent.

Read more Education is not enough – our youngsters must go out and get summer jobs

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