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1 Labour Market Activation Activation in whose interest? Supply of cheap labour Weakening of pay and conditions Key support at time of job loss Assistance into the world of work Skills, experience, development

2 DSP Review of Employment Support Schemes Income maintenance Control Activation policy

3 Four types of activation support Work programmes Internships (6/9 months) Training and Education Self-employment supports

4 Market orientation – current and planned Labour market leverage Supply – training Weak e.g.'s, strong e.g.'s Demand – employment Weak e.g.'s, strong e.g.'s

5 Budget 2013 TÚS JobBridge CE Local Authority SES

6 Internship Culture Broader than DSP focus Rebranding of unpaid work? Connection v Ability Institutionalising inequality Strike right balance Balance opposition/hopes and ambitions of young people

7 'Unleashing Aspiration' 2009 British Labour Government report Fair access to the professions Internships commonplace Reviewed in May 2012 Explosion in previous 3 years

8 Alan Milburn, Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility and Child Poverty "Work experience and internships are still a lottery even as they become a key part of the formal professional market. They need to be treated as such."

9 A Common Best Practice Code for High Quality Internships 2011 Preparation Recruitment Induction Treatment Supervision and mentoring Certification, reference and feedback

10 Work experience Participation voluntary Employment rights Time off to attend job interviews Modified working time – if part-time work opportunities Equal benefit to men and women Freedom to choose and change

11 TUC Charter Say No to workfare Exploits people (by paying less than NMW) Unfair to other workers (threatens their jobs and pay rates) Unfair to other businesses (if competitors subsidised by Government)

12 Youth guarantee Young people under 25 Education, training, work placement or other opportunity Within 4 months of becoming unemployed Key issue during Irish presidency Unions can focus pressure on Irish government

13 Unions can and should Resist jobs displacement Oppose exploitative work experience programmes Continue to explain the importance of Community Employment Schemes

14 But Unions need to..... Decide to be champions of the young and the unemployed Ally with youth and students to demand and campaign for good internships Seek joint monitoring role for work programmes/internships (like SES) offer, in return, to negotiate at company level, placements/opportunities Advise and support interns

15 Gain influence over the schemes/policy direction Become relevant to the next generation!


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