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Government plans to provide graduate jobs

Published: Thursday, 09 April 2009   Category: Life after graduation

To prevent a graduate jobs crisis when students leave university this summer, the government is expected to announce a £53 million programme which will include public and private sector work for graduates.

According to the Independent, John Denham, the universities and skills secretary, is to unveil the plan for higher education establishments to arrange graduate internships with local firms.

Close to 30,000 opportunities will be available to stop graduates from having to sign on at the job centre and gain them valuable work experience for when the recession eases off.

Brendan Barber, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, welcomed the programme but added: "The internship scheme must include safeguards to prevent employers exploiting the fund by using taxpayers' money to recruit graduates on the cheap and displace existing workers."

A recent proposal by the Sustainable Development Commission to provide £30 billion for the green sector is thought to be able to create 800,000 new jobs, which may interest graduates.

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