The call is part of the Backing Young Britain campaign, launched by Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday, which aims to create 85 000 opportunities for young people.
Work experience has been highlighted across all sectors as a recent Populus poll for the Department for Work and Pensions shows that 40 per cent of school leavers say they have yet to secure an opportunity.
The poll adds that a third of these people say this was because the businesses they were interested in were not offering placements at the time.
Last week organisation Creative & Cultural Skills made a call for a code of practice on graduate placements, to stamp out the issue of unpaid internships.
The call came after the organisation urged employers in the design sector to make it accessible to young people by providing better information and guidance on finding work.