In the UK, a new initiative intended to assist children in selecting their career path has recently been introduced, after a five-year decline in work experience placements.
Back in 2012, 90% of 14-18 year-olds in most schools did a work placement, but an Estyn report found no pupils did one in 29% of schools.
Now, Careers Wales has set up an online system linking schools to thousands of Welsh employers.
It said linking the two could see fewer children in poverty as adults.
Initially, the scheme - Education Business Exchange - will be available at 62 schools in Carmarthenshire, Bridgend, Torfaen, Newport, Ceredigion, Monmouthshire, Denbighshire, Wrexham and Gwynedd, before it is rolled out to the whole of Wales within two years.
Employers will provide detail on the activities they can offer, which could range from longer term work placements and taster sessions to talks at schools, master classes or workshops.
Teachers will be able to search the online portal and select businesses based on their location and type of activity on offer, dependant on their needs.
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