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Graduates 'need financial support' to take internships

Published: Wednesday, 21 July 2010   Category: Work Experience

Graduates who cannot afford to fund themselves while on an internship should receive financial support, according to one industry observer.

Sarah Clover, a careers expert at notgoingtouni.co.uk, conceded that some employers feel that young Britons are lacking in practical skills and workplace knowledge.

However, she explained that this situation is being compounded by university leavers being unable to accept unpaid work when they graduate due to their debts.

"Assistance should definitely be available to those who would otherwise struggle financially during an internship or other kind of placement," she said.

"Given the value of such experience we must ensure that no-one misses out on gaining practical skills due to something like their income background."

Ms Clover's comments come after the National Council of Work Experience claimed earlier this week that concerns about unpaid labour and a lack of local opportunities are turning graduates away from internships.

The study showed that 82 per cent of the 1,165 respondents were unaware of internship vacancies in their region, with 74 per cent saying student debt worries would prevent them from applying for such roles.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19901869-ADNFCR

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