The manner in which the government is seeking to introduce apprenticeships serves only to polarise the debate, ensuring that young people are either classified as 'apprenticeship' material, or are left to join the ranks of thousands of graduates competing for the grossly limited number of entry-level jobs.
For those who want to work in television, radio, PR or as journalists, they all have to undergo the same routine. For many recent graduates out there wanting to forge a career in their chosen industry doing this type of unpaid work, in some cases for up to 12 months, just isn't practical as it's just not financially viable.
Other than working with two highly motivated young people - their language skills and knowledge gave us access to information we know we may not have been able to obtain otherwise. We also didn't have the resource in-house to do this research on our own, so we really felt and saw first-hand the value the interns added to our business and life at AAT.
Graduates are losing out to interns when applying for jobs, highlighting the dominance of work experience as a key tool in securing employment, resear...