Work Experience - Giving Lincolnshire students essential skills

A report [1] issued by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) states that half of employers think that graduates don’t have the skills expected of them at the point of hiring. On average they reported that a quarter of their graduate intake are lacking essential soft skills.

Working to bridge the gap between education and employment, Lincoln based social enterprise, The EBP is no stranger to these findings. In a recent survey with more than 50 Lincolnshire business representatives, a positive attitude was cited as the most desirable attribute for young people entering the world of work, closely followed by a willingness to learn. Motivation was also ranked as one of the top three skills highlighting the importance of a young person developing fundamental soft skills prior to seeking employment.

The EBP has a long history of working with schools and colleges, supporting them to provide their students with high quality work experience placements. Last year the social enterprise helped more than 4,500 teenagers from schools across Lincolnshire find placements with businesses and organisations to ensure they gained essential employability skills and were able to make informed decisions about their future career paths.

Nick Brown, joined The EBP in January as its new head of educational operations and brings a wealth of experience from the education sector to this newly created role. Nick said, “These findings illustrate the importance of giving young people quality and relevant work experience to prepare them for the future. Work experience plays a vital role in supporting the transition from education to employment and we urge schools and businesses to recognise and embrace the importance of these early links to the world of work.”

Niall Carlsen from Branston Community Academy is currently part-way through a week-long work experience placement with The EBP. Of his placement, Niall said: “I was nervous to start with but it’s already given me a real idea of how the work environment operates and how people talk, listen and interact. Without this taster, my first experience of working life would be a big shock and it’s really helped me to be more prepared.”

If your business would like to pledge a work experience placement, please contact The EBP on 01522 574100 or

[1] AGR Development Survey:This is the second development survey undertaken by the AGR. 174 AGR members took part in the online survey in January 2017, representing 18,227 graduates and 2.8 million staff in the UK. The industry invests more than £69 million on training programmes and at least £8 million on inductions.

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