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FSB demands graduate internships

Published: Monday, 20 July 2009   Category: Work Experience

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called upon the government to create 5,000 graduate internships to counteract the negative effects of the recession on jobs for university leavers.

While the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills is already promoting its £32 million Graduate Talent Pool scheme, the FSB wants £3 million of that to go directly to small businesses.

It is though the move could avoid leaving graduate job hunters facing the prospect of signing on for unemployment benefit, which would save the government £600 per young person.

John Wright, chairman of the FSB, said: "In a graduate internship scheme, graduates can offer key skills to help businesses move forward while at the same time ensuring they are learning new skills and not unemployed at a crucial time in their careers."

The Daily Express recently reported that Andy Shovel, a 22-year-old Nottingham University graduate, is giving today's university leavers a helping hand in the current conditions by matching them with businesses for three-month internships.

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