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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…

Grayling defends unpaid work experience scheme

News that young people in London on benefits will have to undertake unpaid work experience in order to carry on claiming has received a mixed reception from business leaders and unions. Employment Minister, Chris Grayling, and London Mayor, Boris Johnson, launched the new project on Tuesday to help young Londoners improve their career prospects through…

Unpaid work schemes ruled lawful as high court rejects Poundland case

Government back-to-work schemes criticised as “forced labour” have been ruled lawful by the high court. A judge rejected the jobless graduate Cait Reilly’s claim that a scheme requiring her to work for free at a Poundland discount store breached human rights laws banning slavery. Mr Justice Foskett, sitting at the high court in London, said…

Poor working conditions faced by unpaid stewards of the Diamond Jubilee

Commenting on reports of poor working conditions faced by unpaid stewards of the Diamond Jubilee, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: ‘The appalling treatment of staff working for free over the Diamond Jubilee weekend highlights the damage that unpaid work experience risks causing people who are desperate to get back into proper employment, as well…

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:  …