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AGCAS: 'More information about graduate internships'
Friday, 24 July 2009
The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) has slammed the government's graduate internship scheme as not enough information is being distributed about it.
Announced in April, the now-defunct Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills' Graduate Talent Pool scheme aimed to help 5,000 graduates find their way onto internships.
But Elspeth Farrar, vice-president of AGCAS, said that employers are not aware of what is going on and graduates are equally as confused about what their options are.
She said: "It would appear that there are some opportunities where, if students [graduates] have been unemployed for six months, then they can go on an internship and still potentially retain their benefit payments."
However, "information that is coming about the scheme is a bit scant to say the least".
Worcester University is currently offering a graduate internship allowing university leavers to work four days at a local business and a fifth day undertaking postgraduate training in business management, the Independent reports.