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Work experience 'increasingly important' for job-hunters

Published: Thursday, 27 January 2011   Category: Work Experience

Graduate work experience is "increasingly important" for university-leavers and young people in general, according to a recruitment industry body.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has welcomed the government's plans to implement new measures to encourage young people to partake in work experience.

Specific measures that the government announced include extending the maximum work experience period from two to eight weeks.

The REC recommend further measures to encourage graduate work experience, such as allowing young people to undertake internships at an earlier age.

Gillian Econopouly, the recruitment body's head of policy said the recession means people should undertake work experience to put themselves ahead of competitiors.

"Young people in our country are facing a perfect storm of a struggling economy, an increasingly competitive jobs market and limited opportunities for developing practical experience within the workplace," she said.

Last week, a report by High Fliers research showed that a third of all graduate vacancies go to candidates who have spent some time at the company in question in a work experience role.

Find graduate work experience at gradplus.com

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