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<div class="moz-cite-prefix">On 22/04/14 11:17, Alain Williams
It depends on how much training your staff need.
The current intern meme I find particularly despicable: where they
work for free to 'show that they can do the job', then sack them
& get some more
You're right. It's a particularly nasty way to treat anyone,
particularly the kids that fall victim to this sort of practice.
Several well-known MPs supplemented their staff with unpaid
"interns" for a while. They were "outed" by some of the full-time
staff of the House of Commons, backed with threats to go to the
press, and (I'm led to believe) it's stopped. <br>
I'm fully in favour of properly paid trainee or apprentice
positions. However, Apprenticeships need to be carefully structured
and planned, and plenty of additional training support needs to be
provided - they're never going to succeed without it. <br>
These unpaid "positions" need to be made illegal - employees <i>must</i>
be paid, and they must be paid at least a sensible minimum wage
(probably of the order of £10 - 12 per hour as an absolute minimum
in London, and with assistance with their fares).<br>
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