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Intern scheme 'to help graduates into work'
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Companies are being encouraged to offer temporary jobs to graduates in a bid to improve the flow of university leavers into the workplace, it has been reported.
The programme, to be called the National Internship Scheme, is designed to combat the rising unemployment levels among graduates, caused by the economic downturn.
Major firms including Barclays and Microsoft have already agreed to offer up to three months' work to graduates, according to a spokesperson for the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, universities minister John Denham said graduates would be "more employable" at the end of their internship, allowing some to secure permanent graduate jobs.
He added: "These are the children of the baby boomers. They will be a very big group. We can't just leave people to fend for themselves."
According to Reuters, a further 300,000 students are set to graduate from university in the UK this summer.