Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Student Work Placements - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 16th July 2018.

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Photo of Lord Aberdare Lord Aberdare Crossbench 2:52 pm, 16th July 2018

My Lords, educators and employers agree that high-quality work experience is one of the most effective ways to help students find jobs. Many smaller employers are willing and able to offer placements, especially to 16 to 18 year-olds, who they believe benefit most. What can the Minister and his department do to increase the availability and take-up of such placements, for example by encouraging and enabling schools and colleges to spread work experience throughout term times, rather than cramming it into a short period at the end of the school year? What impact does he expect the new T-levels to have on the availability of work experience, particularly for non T-level students?