Tags: Internships

Less than 1% of graduates in unpaid internships

Less than 1% (1,835) of UK graduates are known to be working in unpaid internships six months after leaving university, reports the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) At the National Association of Student Employment Services Conference in Birmingham, Charlie Ball, HECSU’s deputy director of research, provides insight to the destinations of the 2011/12 graduating…

Gen Y employees want global experience

Students and young professionals in the US and UK expect to live and work abroad at some point in their career. This is according to a study by international relocation specialist MOVE Guides, as part of a wider report into Gen Y and global mobility. The report highlights a growing recognition of international relocation as…

Are work placements the best way onto the career ladder?

Work placements, or internships as they are more commonly known, are becoming increasingly used by large companies to trial potential employees within businesses before employing them on a more permanent basis. A work placement is simply a short period of work experience, which can be paid or unpaid, and can often be part of a…

Majority of L&D professionals support formal training for internships

Work placement and internship programmes should always include an element of formal training. This is the verdict of 95 per cent of HR and learning and development (L&D) professionals in a survey by the World of Learning Conference and Exhibition. The organisers of the UK’s premier learning event, which takes place on 2 and 3…

Step and GTI Media announce new work experience partnership

With work experience and employability high on the agendas of government and universities, we are pleased to announce a new partnership between GTI Media and Step to promote the positive benefits of work experience to undergraduates, to highlight especially the opportunities available in SMEs and to raise the profile and awareness of good work experience…

Milburn voices concern over unpaid internships and informal ‘friends and family’ scheme

Alan Milburn, independent reviewer of social mobility and child poverty for the coalition government, voices concerns over the implications of unpaid internships in the spring edition of Graduate Market Trends, published today (23 April 2012).   Milburn talks candidly in the Higher Education Careers Services quarterly guide to the graduate labour market, he says:  …

Spend Offa cash on interns, Wilson says

Money set aside for widening access should be used to subsidise internships for all students, according to a major review of the links between business and universities. The government-commissioned Review of Business-University Collaboration, published on 28 February and led by Sir Tim Wilson, former vice-chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, says that all undergraduates should…

The CIPD calls for end to row over “unpaid” work experience

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is warning that recent headlines, which associate voluntary unpaid work experience with slave labour, are in danger of discouraging employers from offering placements and denying young people a route into permanent employment. Good quality work experience provides an invaluable way for young people to build key skills…

Internship opportunities to be opened up to all

More than 100 companies have signed up to Nick Clegg’s social mobility strategy and pledged to take concrete steps to open up work experience opportunities to young people from all backgrounds. Signatories to the Government’s so-called ‘Business Compact’ include nearly 20 financial services companies such as Barclays and HSBC, 10 high street retailers including Tesco…

43% of student interns are unpaid, survey says

The annual report – Real Prospects: Higher Education – asked 22,000 graduates if they gained work experience while studying for their undergraduate degree. More than 70% reported that they had secured some form of work experience while they were at university, often by taking on casual paid work. Others engaged in unpaid voluntary work or…

Internships can cause more harm that good for graduates

In recent times, unpaid internships have become commonplace, particularly in highly competitive industries such as fashion, media and PR. With so many talented graduates entering the marketplace, competition for entry-level roles is at an extremely high level and therefore the promise of experience, especially in ‘trendy’ industries is often enough to entice individuals to work…

PwC opens its doors to largest ever number of summer interns

PwC, the professional services firm, will open its doors across the country this week to 351 paid interns, the largest group ever to join the firm’s summer business programme for students. Responding to record levels of interest, and an increased emphasis by the firm on identifying talented students earlier for full time trainee roles, the…

Low Pay Commission to evaluate pay for internships

It was recently reported thath theLow pay commission was set to simplify the National Minimum Wage, it seems that Apprenticeships will also be scrutinized under new LPC remit. The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has been by the government to review internships and evaluate whether such work experience placements should be paid, The Department for Business…