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Nick Clegg makes bold work experience pledge for graduates

Published: Wednesday, 21 April 2010   Category: Work Experience

Recent university leavers looking for work experience placements may be interested to hear that Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, has made a pledge to offer 800,000 paid internships for young jobseekers, if elected.

His comments came in the first of a series of question and answer sessions posted by the leaders of all of the main political parties on social networking site The Student Room.

The scheme, if feasible in practice, could be attractive to a number of first-time voters looking for a break in the extremely competitive degree-level employment market.

He told the site: "Internships can be an amazing way of getting a flavour for a possible career when you're young and that option should be open to as many young people as possible.

"Opening up the opportunity to intern to more people is important to my party, and we have a plan to create 800,000 internships in our first year in office, helping all the young people now struggling to find work."

Mr Clegg said that the places will be paid at £55 a week, which is enough to cover basic costs for people living local to their positions.

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