Commenting on the announcement by Chris Grayling today on the voluntary Work Experience Programme, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“Short work experience placements are a critical part of the journey into employment for thousands of young people every year. We’re talking about a system that many jobseekers and small- and medium-sized companies rely on to connect.
 
“Work experience is one of the reasons why business is a force for good across the whole of the UK. What no one should want to see is a company dissuaded from offering a head-start to young people. The biggest sanction anyone could face is losing the opportunity to gain experience in the world of work, and this announcement will ensure businesses continue to have the confidence to offer these opportunities.”

If you are a business looking to offer work experience placements, please contact the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce on 01707 398400