Private sector abusing internship programme

When companies engage interns who really benefits? Is it the interns or the organisations benefiting, one more than the other or it is a 50/50 situation?

How should interns who have to work many hours of overtime be compensated? What about those interns who are left with offices to run, or those whose number exceeds that of the organisation’s staff compliment?  These are some of the questions that the Botswana Internship programme hoped to be answered at the stakeholders’ workshop held in Gaborone yesterday.

“Over six years ago the private sector asked the government to establish internship. It was established as a bridging programme that helps our graduates gain experience in the work environment. It is a skills development programme. We want to serve you better,” said National Internship coordinator Boitshepo Bolele.

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