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While work experience can offer students valuable experience of employment and the workplace, it is vital that a part-time or temporary job does not have a negative impact on a student’s education.
The Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act, 1996 was designed to ensure that employment would not usurp the important role of education. Some basics contained in this Act are:
A comprehensive information leaflet, which also contains information about 16 and 17 year olds, may be obtained from the Department of Enterprise and Employment. There is also a Code of Practice Concerning the Employment of Young Persons in Licensed Premises which a number of organisations have signed up to. IBEC, the employers’ organisation, recommends that pupils in examination classes should not be employed during the school term.
Breaches of the Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act may be reported in confidence to the Labour Inspectorate, Department and Employment.
External link to legislation: http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1996/en/act/pub/0016/index.html