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Benefits for graduate internship workers

Published: Tuesday, 28 April 2009   Category: Work Experience

A new government scheme is to allow those who take unpaid graduate internships to receive benefits if they have already claimed for jobseeker's allowance for six months or more.

To be announced by the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, the move hopes to encourage graduates to take on work placements and gain employability skills for the future.

Ministers also want to see charities and small businesses provide internship opportunities for graduates out of work, not just large businesses.

John Denham, secretary for work and pensions, told the Daily Telegraph: "Our initiative will not be the only or even the main way of creating and matching graduates to internship opportunities. The schemes will enable motivated graduates to add to their skills by applying their learning in a real work world."

Recent funding from the government's Higher Education Funding Council for England allowed universities across the UK to make links with local small businesses to ensure graduates could get work placements during difficult economic times.

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