A — 5: 260,000 teenagers have a Saturday job compared with 435,000
B — 1: that young people should stay on at school, as
C — 7: but young people are leaving education increasingly less experienced
D — 3: but an increasing shortage of work experience means
E — 4: but a lot more of it is being done online
F — 2: that inspire young people is immeasurable
Number of teenagers with Saturday job drops
The number of teenagers with Saturday jobs has dropped. Young people do not acquire any experience for their CVs — a crucial step towards getting full-time work. The proportion of teenagers combining part-time jobs with school or college has slumped from 40% in the 1990s to around 20% now, according to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), a government agency. Latest figures show that only __260,000 teenagers have a Saturday job compared with 435,000__ in 1997.
The trend is not just recession-related, but the result of an increasing expectation __that young people should stay on at school, as__ well as a falling number of Saturday jobs, according to the report. Many of the jobs that young people do, such as bar work, are in long-term decline, and are forecast to decline further over the next decade.
«Recruiters place significant emphasis on experience __but young people are leaving education increasingly less experienced__,» the report says. Word of mouth is the most common way to get a job, __but an increasing shortage of work experience means__ young people are unable to build up informal contacts, it adds.
Ms. Todd, a commissioner at the UKCES, said: «There’s more emphasis on doing well at school, young people are finding less time to do what they would have done a few years ago.» «I think it’s also the changing structure of the labour market. Retail is still a big employer, __but a lot more of it is being done online__. As a consequence, we need to think about how we get young people the work experience they need.»
A new initiative to send employees into state schools to talk about their careers was also launched recently. The scheme, Inspiring the Future, is meant to give state schoolchildren access to the kind of careers advice that private schools offer. The deputy prime minister said: «The power of making connections __that inspire young people is immeasurable__ and can be life-changing.»