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.