29/02/12

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.”

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Notes to editors:
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is the national voice of local business.

The BCC sits at the heart of a powerful nationwide network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce, serving over 100,000 businesses across the UK, which employ over five million people. For more information visit: http://www.britishchambers.org.uk/

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