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NCGE calls for growth in graduate placements and internships

Published: Sunday, 27 February 2011   Category: Work Experience

The National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) has spoken out in support of graduate placements and has called on private sector organisations to fund more opportunities for young people entering the job market.

The head of the NCGE said that internships and graduate placements will give university-leavers skills that it is not possible to gain in education.

"Internships are a valuable contribution to delivering business and enterprise skills as part of a wider portfolio of entrepreneurial learning for students and graduates," said Professor Paul Hannon, director of research and education at the NCGE.

"Funding internships has always been a challenge and are one area where the private sector can make a positive contribution. This will need to grow."

He stated that "all sectors have a role to play in nurturing the next generation of talent", adding that "graduates should always clearly understand how internship opportunities work and what skills they will develop".

Last week, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) called for the government's current paid Graduate Internship Scheme, set to be abolished in March 2011, to be extended.

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