The NIESR says few British pupils halfway through their final year of compulsory schooling 'had any focused plans about the major choices they faced at 16 - other than putting off that decision by staying on into the sixth form'.
This 'leaves many British youngsters at a distinct disadvantage in comparison to their Continental peers in making a successful transition to the world of work'.
The institute points to a more effective use of 'work experience' for Continental pupils in their final year at school, often with several employers. Moreover, British careers teachers are often untrained, with limited first-hand knowledge of industry.
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