A move to change the law to ban employers from offering long-term unpaid internships is being backed by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert.
Julian is cosponsoring a Bill to be presented to Parliament which, if successful, would mean a change in the regulations governing internships.
“Internships offer valuable experience for school-leavers, graduates and the unemployed to get that all important foot on the job ladder,” said Julian. “But many people have found them beyond their reach because they cannot afford to work for nothing.
“People find themselves in a Catch 22 situation – they cannot get a job because they don’t have any work experience but they cannot afford to apply for work experience placements which are unpaid.”
Julian, who offers ongoing three-month internships at his Cambridge constituency office – paid at the Living Wage – added: ““It is unfair that only those with independent financial support can take up internships and, therefore have an unfair advantage in the search for work. This Bill aims to redress the balance.”
The issue will be raised today (Tuesday, May 13) in a Ten Minute Rule Motion before Parliament which will ask for leave to bring the Bill.