ERIC Number: ED400440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Pre-16 Work Experience in England and Wales. Report 319.
Hillage, J.; And Others
A year-long study evaluated the scope and quality of pre-16 work experience in England and Wales. Its main aims were to map out work experience provision, assess program quality, and examine the impact of new funding. The research included a survey of area work experience coordinators, six detailed case studies, interviews with teachers from 30 schools and 150 employers, and a survey of over 1,200 work experience students. About 95 percent of all young people (about 545,000) went on work experience placements in their last year of compulsory education. Three main approaches to work experience provision were as follows: (1) centralized, with an external agency finding places and matching students; (2) a joint approach with an external agency finding places and the school matching students; and (3) school organized. Health and safety was more a concern to schools than employers, and schools were protective of their role in the matching process. While on their placement, most students were either helping someone do a job or doing odd jobs. Little evidence indicated that work experience was used in the mainstream curriculum. The accreditation of work experience appeared to revolve mainly around the student's own statement on the National Record of Achievement. Work experience relied heavily on a personal subsidy by in-school coordinators, in the form of their own time. (Appendixes include case study details, and instruments. Contains 30 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Student Placement, Work Experience, Work Experience Programs
BEBC Distribution, 15 Albion Close, Parkstone, Poole BH12 3LL, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. for Employment Studies.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)