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Cabinet minister to speak at inaugural intern awards

Joy LewisAn internship programme has secured a Cabinet minster to speak at its inaugural awards scheme. Roseanna Cunningham, Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training, will address guests and candidates at the Adopt an Intern awards in April.

The event will take place on the fifth anniversary of the programme to recognise the range of talent among Scottish graduates.

Adopt an Intern was formed as a response to the high levels of graduate unemployment and a lack of paid internships. To date Adopt an Intern has placed more than 850 interns with a wide variety of organisations and last month predicted a record year for 2015.

The Awards include ‘Intern of the Year’, ‘Employer of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Achievement’, and will be presented at the Scottish Parliament on 30 April.

Joy Lewis, chief executive of Adopt an Intern (pictured), said: “This evening is a celebration of the great talent of our graduate population and the positive economic impact they have when given the opportunity of paid internships with Scotland’s employers. We want to increase the number of these opportunities so that even more young people can fulfil their potential, more businesses can grow and in turn they can contribute to a stronger, smarter economy.

“The Scottish Government has been a core supporter of Adopt an Intern throughout our first five years and I’m delighted that Roseanna Cunningham, the new Cabinet Secretary, will address our inaugural awards ceremony.

“I’d like to thank Abellio, Investors in Young People Scotland and Diageo for their early commitment and enthusiasm for the event and I would encourage all employers and interns, who have been part of the success over the last five years, to submit an entry for the awards.”

Ms Cunningham said: “I’m looking forward to this year’s Adopt an Intern Awards and fully expect to hear some wonderful success stories from among our graduates.

“Good quality paid internships, like those provided by Adopt an Intern, remain an excellent means of helping Scotland’s young women and men towards employment with a strong track record of finding paid posts for graduates.”

Entries for the awards are now open and applications should be made via the Adopt an Intern website. Awards are open to all Adopt an Intern employers and interns, both past and present. Closing date is 5pm on 16 March.

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