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Unfair work experience in creative industries 'needs to go'
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Creative Industries: arts and design
A major player in the creative industries has lashed out against the number of firms in the sector taking advantage of graduates on unpaid work experience placements.
Clive Jones, chairman of GMTV and media body Skillset, said that a new code of conduct among employers in the industry should ban low and unpaid internships for graduate job hunters.
Skillset is teaming up with Creative & Cultural Skills, Arts Council England and Skillfast-UK to set out new rules for work experience placements, limiting them to no more than 160 hours and forcing employers to advertise the schemes externally, Broadcast Now reports.
Mr Jones said at a Universities UK conference today (November 24th): "It is high time that employers signed up to a code of practice to make highly sought after graduate internships, work experience and traineeships completely fair and open."
The New Designers fair in London recently saw young creatives attempt to get noticed with the aim of getting a graduate job, the Independent reported.