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Internship scheme 'a good way of matching graduates and small businesses'
Thursday, 30 April 2009
The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services has stated that government plans to make more internships available for those seeking graduate jobs are a good way of putting students and small businesses together.
However, Elspeth Farrar, vice-president of the association, warned that the Graduate Talent Pool initiative is going to be dependent on whether employers can find "additional, sensible, and meaningful apprenticeship opportunities".
She added that small businesses in particular could embrace the scheme as such firms do not normally have the capacity or financial support to take on interns.
"It's not going to be any advantage to students to do internships where they are not getting any value. The SME market is possibly going to be a really good market, as they are an area where few of them would have structured internship programs running anyway," Ms Farrar continued.
The Graduate Talent Pool scheme was announced yesterday by universities and skills secretary John Denham and aims to match up university leavers with internships so they can learn workplace skills.