University leavers to be offered internships

University leavers who fail to find work at the end of their courses this summer could be offered modestly-paid internships under a new Government scheme, it has emerged.
Ministers have already signed up four top firms, including Barclays and Microsoft, to take on graduates who would instead swell the growing ranks of the unemployed.
John Denham, the Innovation, Universities and Skills Secretary, revealed the proposals in an interview with today’s Daily Telegraph.Plans for the national internship scheme come amid a worsening jobs market and increasingly challenging employment prospects for those leaving education.
In the same interview, Mr Denham declined to comment on suggestions that the Government could bring forward plans to raise the school-leaving age to 18.
It is intended that internships will at least improve participants’ skills and experience and may in some cases lead to full-time work.
Lasting for up to three months, they will be paid at a rate only slightly higher than undergraduates’ income from grants and loans, according to the Telegraph.



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