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Work experience reinvention programme launched

A NEW programme aimed at reinventing work experience is being launched by a charity.

Speakers for Schools said that more than 25,000 young people across the country will take part in models of work experience that are different from the traditional one-off event.

The programme, backed by £2 million from the Department for Education, follows calls to reach more young people, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

It will be led by the Careers & Enterprise Company and will include “virtual” workplace experiences for more than 1,000 schools in coastal and rural communities.

Careers platform Springpod will also be involved.

Speakers for Schools chief executive Nick Brook said: “Talent is spread evenly across the country, but opportunity is not.

“We believe that high-quality work experience should be a right, not a privilege, for state-education children.

“Access to potential future employers should never be dependent upon who mum and dad know, or where you live.

“This partnership will enable thousands more young people to gain valuable insights into the world of work and help open doors to employers that were previously closed.”

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