Work visits result in fewer young 'Neets'
Young people who have regular contact with employers while at school are much less likely to become so-called Neets - "not in education, employment or training", according to research.
The findings, from the Education and Employers charity, suggest a long-term benefit of links with business.
But the research found that employers' involvement was stronger in independent and grammar schools.
The charity's head Nick Chambers says "we need to level the playing field".
The research found if students had four or more contacts with employers before they left school they would be 86% less likely to become a Neet.
On average, pupils had fewer than two such employer links while at school - which could be visits from employers, job shadowing or placements in the workplace.