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Unpaid graduate internships 'worth it'

Published: Thursday, 03 December 2009   Category: Work Experience

Employers willing to take on graduate job hunters in an unpaid role are helping them boost their employability, according to one group.

Despite a recent backlash against work experience placement providers who do not remunerate graduates for their services, the Confederation of British Industries has said that the schemes are still beneficial.

Guy Bailey, senior policy adviser at the membership body, told the Times: "There will need to be more internships, more voluntary work and more self-start ventures - and with that more risk. [Graduates] will need a different expectation of what employment means."

Recent Swansea University graduate Sam Cranston concurred, arguing that although unpaid internships may be "hard", young people with no experience will find it more difficult to impress employers.

GMTV chairman Clive Jones recently launched a new code of practice to stop employers in the media sector taking advantage of graduate job hunters on internships, Broadcast Now reported.

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