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Graduates warned over internships

Published: Wednesday, 17 March 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

Recent university leavers looking for the latest graduate jobs and courses have been warned by a recruitment expert over being exploited on unpaid internships.

Lisette Howlett, of HireScores.com, said that firms taking interns from local universities and colleges and using them in place of permanent paid staff was likely to result in a scenario that does not work for any party.

She added: "Perhaps the most vulnerable are those students who need to find their own placements in order to fulfil the requirements of their course.

"Or who apply to internships in the absence of being able to find a permanent job they are less likely to be protected and more vulnerable to unscrupulous practices."

Ms Howlett was speaking in response to comments made by Paul Sellers of the Trades Union Congress during an interview with the BBC.

He argued that many employers were "just ripping people off" and expressed his own concerns that many organisations were unaware of minimum wage legislation.

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