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Work Experience

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many places on the planned national internship programme are expected to be available annually. (258389)

In these challenging economic times, the Government are aiming to help new graduates in a number of ways. Amongst other measures, we are working with key stakeholders in the private, public and charitable sectors to increase provision of graduate internships for 2009. We expect these internships to offer graduates the opportunity to spend time with an employer, applying their learning in a working situation and building the work ready skills they will need for permanent employment. It is still early days, so we are not yet in a position to confirm the number of additional places involved.