Canada. Interns are mostly female, underpaid or unpaid, says upcoming study
Preliminary findings from an upcoming study on internships in Canada show that the majority of interns are young women who make less than the provincial minimum wage — if they're paid at all.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Analysis - trends; Article; Canada; Gender - equity; In English; Internship; Source: Vancouver Sun; Trend - analysis;
Canada. Why Canada needs to harmonize apprenticeship programsIncreasing the number of skilled trades workers has quickly become a top priority for Canadian governments and business. Yet young people who try to enroll in trades programs often face long waiting lists because funding for that training hasn’t grown along with the need. Community colleges and polytechnics are crucial to preparing skilled trades workers, and must receive a larger portion of the postsecondary funding pie. And that’s just the first step.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Apprentices; Apprenticeship - programs; Article; Canada; In English; Source: The Globe and Mail; Trends;
Canada. Access Denied: The Effect of Apprenticeship Restrictions in Skilled Trades
Outdated provincial regulations are needlessly limiting the number of apprenticeship opportunities available to trades workers, Provinces regulate whether workers must complete a certified apprenticeship to legally work in an occupation, the length of apprenticeship terms, and the rate at which firms may hire apprentices relative to the number of certified workers they employ, known as a journey person-apprentice ratio. Governments have set these regulations in order to protect workers and the general public by encouraging workers to gain the proper training in skilled trades. However, entry restrictions are not the best means by which to regulate the quality and safety of work, say the authors. Instead of regulating the rate of apprentice entry, governments should focus on regulating quality of work and safety standards.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Analysis; Apprenticeship - programs; Canada; Government policy; In English; Paper; Policy - government; Program - apprenticeship; Source: C.D. Howe Institute;
Canada. Certification, Completion, and the Wages of Canadian Registered Apprentices
Using the 2007 National Apprenticeship Survey (NAS), this research paper estimates the earnings functions of individuals who completed or discontinued a registered apprenticeship program. Controlling for observed demographic, labour market, and employer characteristics correlated with the two apprenticeship states, it finds earnings differences of approximately 20%. The paper also disaggregates apprentices into four groups on the basis of program completion and certification in order to refine the wage comparisons.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Apprentices; Canada; Certification; In English; Research paper; Source: Government of Canada/Statistics Canada; Target group: Apprentices; Wage differentials; Wages;
Germany. Door Opener or Waste of Time? The Effects of Student Internships on Labor Market Outcomes
This paper studies the causal effect of student internship experience on labor market choices and wages later in life. We use variation in the introduction and abolishment of mandatory internships at German universities as an instrument for completing an internship while attending university. The result is mainly driven by a higher propensity of working full-time and a lower propensity of being unemployed in the first five years after entering the labor market. Moreover, former interns pursue doctoral studies less frequently. The positive returns are particularly pronounced for individuals and areas of study that are characterized by a weak labor market orientation. Heterogeneous effects are not found across other subgroups of the population.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Field: Internship; Germany; In English; Internship; Paper; Source: IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor; Target group: University students; University students;
Great Britain. Why higher apprenticeships? They're a debt-free route to a top quality degree
Apprenticeship numbers have risen, alongside a willingness among parents, schools and young people to consider the apprenticeship route as a way of nurturing a career. But for employers, apprenticeships have been seen as a craft route, with the implication that they are for the less intellectual. Universities and employers have not worked hard enough to embrace academic learning-with-earning as a model. It has been one or the other.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Apprenticeship; Article; Great Britain; In English; Source: The Guardian;
UK. Apprenticeships are more celebrated than ever, so why are less people taking them?
From August 2012 – January 2013, nearly 11,500 fewer people have started an apprenticeship compared to the same period last year. This represents a decrease of 4.5%. Amongst the 16-18 age group, the decline is 12%. As UK gears up for economic growth and focus on filling ‘skills gaps’ in the workforce, clearly this is cause for concern –especially with youth unemployment on the rise again, with nearly 1 million 18-24 year olds out of work. Apprenticeships have a higher profile than ever, so why are they declining?
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Analysis - trends; Apprenticeship; Article; In English; Skills - shortage; Skills - trend; Source: FE Week; Trend - analysis; United Kingdom;
USA. Colleges, Employers Rethink Internship Policies
After a string of high-profile lawsuits, schools have tightened policies for posting summer interns.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Article; Field: Internship; In English; Internship - policy; Policy - internship; Source: Wall Street Journal; United States of America;
USA. Internships with Prestige... and 0$ Paychecks
Colleges like Northwestern collect tuition for off-campus experiences that don't meet federal guidelines for unpaid internships.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; In English; Internship; Source: Alternet; United States of America;
USA. Experts predict wave of lawsuits in U.S. over unpaid internships
The suit will force employers to reconsider using unpaid interns, first in "glamour" industries such as movies and publishing and then in industries that implemented similar policies to reduce labour costs in a flagging economy.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; In English; Internship; News; Source: HR Reporter;
EU. Quality traineeships Facilitating young people's transition to employment
With high levels of youth unemployment in the European Union, helping young people find work is a pressing problem. By providing opportunities in a real work situation to acquire valuable skills and learn appropriate behaviour, traineeships can help young people make the transition from education or unemployment to permanent work.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Briefing paper; European Union; In English; Internship; Source: European Parliament;
How to make the most out of your internship
Are you looking forward to undertaking an internship or work experience this summer? Don’t sleepwalk your way through this valuable period of time with our six ways to make the most out of your experience.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Article; In English; Internship; Source: University of Nottingham;
The Bottom Line: Apprenticeships are Good for Business
Employers are increasingly worried about finding and holding on to quality, skilled workers and economists warn of a widening skills gap. What are employers to do? Apprenticeship—that age-old worker-training model that pairs on-the-job training with classroom instruction—just may be the solution to employers’ woes.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Apprenticeship; Article; In English; Source: Center for American Progress;
Tailoring Internships to Fit Brand and Need
April showers bring May flowers, and May brings summer interns. Learn how to develop interns to fit with your organization's culture and objectives.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Article; In English; Internship; Source: Chief Learning Officer;
Skill development in middle level occupations: the role of apprenticeships in training
Concerns about the polarization of the labor market are widespread. However, countries vary widely in strategies for strengthening jobs at intermediate levels of skill. This paper examines the diversity of approaches to apprenticeship and related training for middle-level occupations.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Apprenticeship; In English; Paper; Skills - development; Source: IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor;
Who are really the ‘entitled’ ones here?
The institution of internships is a perfect illustration of how 20-somethings are trying to cope in an economy that has been gamed against them. Internships are no longer about trading one’s time for mentorship and opportunity. They’ve become the new serfdom.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; En bref; In English; Internship; Source: The National Post; Target group: Youth; Youth;
Do Unpaid Internships Lead to Jobs? Not for College Students
The common defense of the unpaid internship is that, even if the role doesn't exactly pay, it will pay off eventually in the form of a job. Turns out, the data suggests that defense is wrong, at least when it comes to college students.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Analysis; In English; Interns; Internship; Source: The Atlantic; Target group: Interns;
Interns are workers, too
Everyone loses from unpaid internships – young people, society, even businesses. Companies that expect young people to work without pay are excluding graduates and school-leavers whose parents can’t afford to support them. They’re also shrinking the size of their potential talent pool and failing to develop a potentially valuable recruitment tool.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Analysis; Article; Co-operation and Development; In English; Interns; Source: OECD - Organisation for Economic; Target group: Interns;
International internships are increasingly valued by employers
Internships have long been part of the collegiate landscape, but their relationship to students’ future prospects has never been more direct. The article takes a look at the growing importance of international internships, offers tips on finding opportunities abroad, and what this cross-cultural work experience means for employers and students.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Analysis - trends; Article; In English; International internships; Internship - international; Source: ICEF Monitor; Target group: Youth; Trend - analysis;
Interships: Virtually There: Working Remotely
It's a new world. In these internships, students don't even need to step in the office. Are they learning?
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Article; Field: Internship; In English; Internship - virtual; Remote workplace; Source: NY Times; Target group: Interns; Trends; Virtual internship; Workplace - remote;
Call for Action. The youth employment crisis
Resolution and conclusions of the 101st Session of the International Labour Conference, Geneva, 2012.
Tags : 2014 August Newsletter Focus Internship / Stages; Apprenticeship; Call for action; In English; School-to-work transition; Source: ILO - International Labour Organization; Target group: Youth; Youth;