The Telegraph is reporting that summer jobs are becoming a thing of the past after a leading think tank found that the number of 16 and 17-year-olds working during their holidays has halved in the last 20 years.
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said that while rising university fees could be leading youngsters to focus on their academic studies, employers increasingly want people with prior experience for part-time work, depriving sixth formers and students of the sort of opportunities available two decades ago.
The IPPR called on the Government, businesses, schools and universities to provide more assistance to young people to help them acquire relevant work experience that would nurture the skills recruiters seek.
The research showed the number of 16 to 17-year-olds in full-time education working in the summer has almost halved compared to 20 years ago, while the number of 18 to 24-year-olds has fallen by a fifth.
The report said that part-time work was essential to “get a foot on the jobs ladder”. It said: “Without work experience, it is hard to demonstrate the ‘soft skills’ employers are looking for.”
An IPPR spokesman said: “Of course not all students who don’t work would like to – some are prioritising other activities. But what our analysis does show is that many young people are unemployed, throughout the year and in the summer – meaning that they don’t have a job and that they have said they would like to work.”
More at: The end of part-time jobs is nigh
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