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Red tape 'bad for graduate internships'

Published: Friday, 27 November 2009   Category: Work Experience

While more regulation is needed to stop employers taking advantage of graduates, too many restrictions will end up hampering the schemes' usefulness, according to one expert.

Chris Morrall, director of Talent Transitions, said that graduate job hunters could be turned off work experience placements if too much red tape gets in the way of running them smoothly.

It was a response to a recent BBC report, in which Oxford University careers adviser Jonathan Black claimed that university leavers could no longer trust some graduate internship providers.

"Some small organisations take in interns now. If you put too many blocks in the way of people employing people they won't bother because it's just too difficult," Mr Morall commented.

Broadcast Now recently reported that GMTV chairman Clive Jones is working to introduce a new code of conduct among creative industry employers that will ban low and unpaid internships for graduate job hunters.


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