Graduates who take part in unpaid placements will be allowed to continue to claim job seekers allowance.

The Government has announced anyone on an unpaid placements for up to 13 weeks will be allowed to continue claiming job seekers allowance. The clause will begin after the person has been claiming dole monies for 6 months in efforts to find them employment.

It has been forecast that unemployment rates will hit three million and the class of 2009 may be hit the hardest. As more than 300,000 students graduate this year, the government are making efforts to cut long term graduate unemployment.

Current benefit laws will allow those on job seekers allowance to obtain subsidy whilst volunteering or training after six months on benefits and this will be an extension to these laws.

John Denham, Universities and Skills secretary said: “Our initiative will not be the only or even the main way of creating and matching graduates to internship opportunities. It will, however, add to the way such schemes can be offered and will ensure more young people can benefit from one next year. The schemes will enable motivated graduates to add to their skills by applying their leaning in a real work world.”


This article originally appeared on the Milkround website.

4 Responses to “Graduates who take part in unpaid placements will be allowed to continue to claim job seekers allowance.”

  1. 1 risosbitch 04/30/2009 at 7:13 pm

    I did this, wasn’t aware it was up for debate.

    There are technical snags like claiming JSA means you have to be ready and willing to attend interviews at 48 hours notice and accept reasonable job offers straight away.

  2. 2 Ill 09/25/2009 at 6:37 pm

    It sounds all good that the government are letting grads stay on jobseekers whilst interning, but what about people who have been unemployed for under six months and have been offered an internships? Can they not claim? I graduated this year (July) and have been unemployed and searching for work since and now I have to deliberate whether to accept an internship which only pays for travel and lunch or stay on jobseekers since its the only money I’m getting and take a work experience/voluntary position instead.

    Its an annoying conundrum. It seems as though thousands of well educated, intelligent grads who have a lot to offer are sitting at home with nothing to do but are desperately willing to work. I know we’re in a recession but surely more needs to be done. And I don’t understand why companies don’t at least pay interns some money- like a basic wage of 600 a month which would cover travel, lunch, work clothing etc.

  3. 3 Miss Humble 01/09/2010 at 12:06 am

    Totally agree with ‘Ill.’ I graduated in July 09 and have been unemployed since. I was going to take an internship but I decided not to because i couldn’t afford to work for free and pay the extortionate costs of travelling into central london every day. I’m now about to hit the 6 months stage of unemployment and am hoping that i’ll be able to take an internship/volunteer or do work experience since it looks like i won’t be getting a paid job anytime soon. Its annoying because i really need to earn money due to my personal circumstances but i’ve applied for jobs every where and keep getting rejections.

    The government should really do more to help graduates, its like the youth of today are becoming a lost generation. Those of us who actually worked hard to get degrees, get good grades, attend prestigious institutions are the ones being shoved aside. It kind of makes me think what was the point in bothering, maybe I shouldn’t of worked so hard at school hmmm.

  4. 4 Nic 05/26/2010 at 11:25 am

    So it should be. There is an extremely unpleasant stigma associated with being on JSA but if you’re on an internship you are shattering that stigma immediately; you are doing everything you can to find work. And if you’re not successful, at least you’ve got some experience to your name.

    Graduate recruitment is not plain sailing by any means but I somehow doubt that there are many graduates who want to be out of work and reliant on JSA. Why would they have worked so hard for their degree if they wanted to live on benefits?

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