John seeks clarity on Unpaid Internships

19 Feb 2016

John Mason: To ask the Scottish Government what its policy is on unpaid internships that last longer than one month.

Answered by Roseanna Cunningham (03/02/2016):We believe that fair work is crucial to delivering inclusive growth. The Scottish Government only offers support to external graduate placement programmes that offer good quality, paid internships. All interns on these programmes are paid at least the Scottish living wage for the work they do and these programmes are currently operating on a conversion rate of between 75 and 80 per cent of placements leading to permanent employment.