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Number of teenagers with Saturday jobs slumps

A new report warns that the number of teenagers with Saturday jobs has slumped over the past 15 years, making it harder for young people to acquire experience for their CV’s.

Less teens are taking Saturday jobs

A new report warns that the number of teenagers with Saturday jobs has slumped over the past 15 years, making it harder for young people to acquire experience for their CV’s.

The proportion of teenagers combining part-time jobs with school or college has slumped from 40% in the 1990s to around 20% now, according to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), a government agency. Latest figures show that 260,000 teenagers have a Saturday job compared with 435,000 in 1997.

The trend is not just recession-related but the result of an increasing expectation that young people should stay on at school, as well as a dwindling number of Saturday jobs, according to the report. Many of the jobs that young people do, such as bar work, are in long-term decline, and are forecast to stagnate or decline further over the next decade.

Word of mouth is the most common way to get a job, but an increasing shortage of work experience means young people are unable to build up informal contacts, it adds.

The government announced on Monday that it was overhauling the system of funding education after 16, to make it easier for young people to get work experience.

At present schools and colleges are funded per qualification, and there is no incentive to offer activities that do not lead to passing exams. But from September next year, schools and colleges will be funded per student.

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