Teens told to get summer jobs instead of putting too much focus on education

MORE teenagers should take summer jobs, Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey says.

She believes they are vital for preparing kids for the workplace and teaching them essential skills.

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Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey says teens need to get summer jobs to develop skills for the workplace[/caption]

But she warned there had been a drastic fall in 16 to 17-year-olds in employment over the holidays in the past ten years.

The number with part-time jobs has more than halved from 42 per cent to 18 per cent.

Ms McVey is now launching a drive to get young people into work by placing 20,000 vacancies on the government’s Find a Job website.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, she said a cultural shift had led to teenagers shunning the chance to earn extra money and experience because of an “increased focus” on education.

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Ms McVey also said kids shun holiday jobs as there is an ‘increased focus’ on education[/caption]

She argued holiday jobs allowed them to develop “soft skills” such as customer service and problem-solving.

She said: “Everyone has to start somewhere and these first job experiences can have the most impact. It won’t necessarily be your ideal one but it’s a step towards finding out what you actually want to do.

“Summer jobs are a great way to put you on the path to develop these skills, sample a potential career and help set you up for whatever comes next.

“Have a go because you don’t know where it will lead. I certainly didn’t.”

Statistics show teenagers who earn as they learn are more likely to get a job when they have completed education and can earn up to 15 per cent more. Girls are more likely to work and study then boys.

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