Jobseekers give the green light to internships and apprentices
Tue, 20 Mar 2012
Most jobseekers strongly agree that local and central government should encourage organisations to employ more interns and apprentices, according to a survey by international staffing firm Hays.
When asked which type of qualification or training would help young people succeed in their career, on the job training (93%), apprenticeships (90%) and internships (84%) topped the table, compared to 78% who said degrees. This indicates that they consider workplace training to be the best route to career development.
In the survey of over 1,000 jobseekers, 53% disagreed that companies often use internships just to get free labour. They still think internships and apprenticeships are quite or very effective in helping young people succeed in their careers.
Two thirds (66%) agreed that internships shouldn’t just be the preserve for those starting out in the workplace, but that they should be open to people switching careers.
Charles Logan, director at Hays, says: “In a highly competitive and crowded job market, internships and other career training schemes are increasingly important to make sure employees can get a foot in the door, make their CV stand out from the crowd and continue to learn new skills.”
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