Learning to labour : an evaluation of internships and employability in the ICT sector
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The employability of graduates is often reduced to lists of de-contextualised skills that graduates may or may not have and which may or may not translate to prized graduate positions. Recently, internships have become the way in which graduates acquire and demonstrate work-readiness to potential employers. This article examines a particular type of internship in the ICT sector, namely placements incorporated in degree education. The findings suggest that while internships can enhance employability and indeed be a mechanism for accessing permanent jobs, more often, instead of ‘learning to labour’, interns are expected to be productive workers. A mini labour market operates at the undergraduate level that advantages those already possessed of the required soft skills. The emphasis on soft skills signals a shift in the nature of ICT work with attendant implications for education of workers in this sector, revealed by anchoring employability to particular labour process(es).
Chillas , S A , Marks , A & Galloway , L 2015 , ' Learning to labour : an evaluation of internships and employability in the ICT sector ' New Technology, Work and Employment , vol 30 , no. 1 , 12041 , pp. 1-15 . DOI: 10.1111/ntwe.12041
New Technology, Work and Employment
Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the accepted version of the following article: Learning to labour: an evaluation of internships and employability in the ICT sector Chillas, S. A., Marks, A. & Galloway, L. Mar 2015 In : New Technology, Work and Employment. 30, 1, p. 1-15, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ntwe.12041/abstract
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