Young people who take part in work experience spend less time on benefits and more time in jobs, according to new research.

The Department for Work and Pensions said 19 to 24-year-olds who have work experience are in employment for longer in the two years following their placement.

Employment Minister Priti Patel said: “This is a genuine win-win situation for everybody, with businesses tapping in to fresh new talent, individuals reaping the reward of a regular wage, and concrete evidence for taxpayers that our long-term economic plan to help people into work is paying off.

“Work experience and sector-based work academies are making a real difference in extending opportunity to all and ensuring that everyone has the chance to get on in life.”

Figures have shown that there have been more than 400,000 work experience placements since April 2012.

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