Virtual work experience? What can it mean? Are we talking hallucinations here, or enrichment for the work-shy? But it is no laughing matter when new research (from Glasgow university) finds that the choice of work placements is being severely restricted as a result of tighter health and safety and "duty of care" regulations (page 9).
Work placements can give young people a real sense of achievement and increase their motivation. They offer a chance to sample life in an adult environment, in a way that a CD-Rom cannot. Video clips and interactive software can help youngsters broaden their career horizons and boost aspirations. The choice should not be eitheror, but both.