As an employer I look for people with some work experience, even when employing a trainee. I know that can sound like a catch 22 but I think when they are young there are so many casual flexible jobs around to choose from. It helps them to learn responsibility and gives me an idea of their work ethic. My eldest is 16 and has been working 3 hrs a week since he was 15. It's not really all that different to playing a sport time wise and gives him some money in his pocket.