Date lodged: 14 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what its policy is regarding unpaid work and internships within the Parliament.
Answered by: Kezia Dugdale 21 March 2019
The SPCB supports short term paid internships with partners such as Career Ready and Inclusion Scotland. We also offer one 3-week paid placement within the Parliament’s legal team as part of a competition for law students run annually by the Law Society of Scotland. The SPCB offers unpaid work experience placements for school, college and University students. Applicants for work experience apply to the HR Office who then co-ordinate with Parliament Offices to identify suitable placements.
SPCB understands that some Members have their own arrangements in place and officials are reviewing how we support Members in their role as employers. As part of this review we will seek feedback from Members on their arrangements for internships and unpaid work experience placements at Holyrood.