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Scotland’s ‘Adopt an Intern’ scheme set to help unemployed graduates

Published: Wednesday, 25 April 2012   Category:

The latest Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) labour market report showed that as of March 2012, 5,210 Scots aged between 18 and 24 had been receiving Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) for more than a year.

As a result, graduates will welcome the news that an “Adopt an Intern” scheme has been launched in the Highlands in an attempt to remedy the issue of graduate unemployment.

The STUC represents 37 affiliated Trade Unions across Scotland and Georgina Wardrop from the scheme’s youth committee, herself an unemployed graduate, has argued that something must be done to get the graduate job market moving:

"I do not appear on any government statistics for long term unemployment because I have managed from time to time to find short term employment, insecure and part-time.

"I am well qualified, I am not lazy and I have tried, and tried again, to secure full-time employment.

"It is time that government at all levels takes meaningful action to provide hope and avoid another lost generation."

The “Adopt an Intern” scheme was originally devised by independent think tank ‘The Centre for Scottish Public Policy’ (CSPP), before receiving government backing.

It will offer unemployed graduates a minimum three-month paid work experience placement with employers, which can also last up to a year.

The scheme has already placed 160 graduates, 12 in the Highlands and Islands. The initiative was praised by Stuart Black, director of Planning and Development with Highland Council.

Eilidh, a recent graduate of Edinburgh University, said: “Having been looking for graduate employment in the Highlands, where I was born and brought up, I have experienced how few opportunities there are for graduates and how difficult it is to get a job close to home.

“To find a job, graduates first need experience in the workplace and the ‘Adopt an Intern’ programme provides this important opportunity as well as promoting a paid internship culture in Scotland.”

Did an internship help you secure your graduate job? How did it help you specifically?

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