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Employers 'should be paid' to get NEETs on graduate schemes

Published: Tuesday, 17 August 2010   Category: Employer News

Employers should receive funding to allow them to offer graduate work experience placements to disadvantaged youngsters, according to new research.

Thinktank Demos published a report which claimed that the government should offer 'payback' to firms which take on unemployed young offenders or care leavers.

The study suggested that getting the country's NEETs (not in employment, education or training) into the workplace would have a wide range of benefits for the state.

"Getting at-risk young people into internships will go a long way to giving them the opportunities and aspirations open to middle-class graduates," said Demos director Julia Margo.

"A quality internship that pays only expenses is far more valuable than one that pays people a low wage to do menial jobs."

Under the proposals detailed in the 'Access all Areas' research, companies would receive payment if their intern found a full-time job within a year of completing their placement.

Meanwhile, Madsen Pirie, president of the Adam Smith Institute, wrote in the Spectator recently that internships are mutually beneficial for individuals and businesses.

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