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.
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).
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