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More than 600 students from Almeria could be left without curricular internships due to the future Statute of the Scholarship Holder.

More than 600 students from Almeria could be left without curricular internships due to the future Statute of the Scholarship Holder
The Secretary General for Universities calls on the government to eliminate this text, which does not meet with the approval of the university community.

More than 600 students from Almeria per year could stop receiving external curricular internships if the draft of the Scholarship Holder Statute proposed by the Spanish Government goes ahead. This has been denounced by the Secretary General of Universities, Ramón Herrera, during his visit to the Employment Service of the University of Almeria.

In this regard, Herrera said that the new regulations proposed by the Ministry of Labour “endangers” this type of practical qualification, which “facilitates the acquisition of a comprehensive education, since their academic training is complemented by the experience gained in a professional environment,” he said.

The Secretary General for Universities stressed that every year the University of Almeria, which manages the extracurricular internships of almost all Andalusian universities through the ICARO programme, provides coverage for more than 600 students who receive a paid scholarship for internships in companies.

In view of this, according to Herrera, “the Andalusian Regional Government demands that this draft of the Scholarship Holder’s Statute should not see the light of day, as it does not guarantee the remuneration and quality of academic internships and does not have the approval of the university community”.

Moreover, in his opinion, it will be directly detrimental to students, who will not be able to do their internships if it is not through a training contract, managed on their own account by the University, “as is currently the case”. “External curricular internships are training activities that allow students to apply in practice the knowledge acquired in their academic training, preparing them for the exercise of professional activities and facilitating their incorporation into the labour market,” he said.

The draft of the Scholarship Holder Statute does not have the approval of either the rectors or the students, which is why the Regional Ministry of University, Research and Innovation is calling for this text “to be negotiated with the university community; the companies, which host the students on internships, and the autonomous communities, which are the ones that ultimately manage this type of initiative”.

In this context, Herrera expressed his concern about the negative impact that the future requirements set out by the central government will have on the business fabric, bearing in mind that the possibility of young people being able to pay Social Security contributions is being considered. In the opinion of the Secretary General for Universities, “this could discourage companies from continuing with this type of training”. He added that this would therefore be “a double economic requirement”, since companies and organisations have to pay these young people for the period during which they carry out the internships and which complies with the requirements of current legislation”, he added.

Finally, Ramón Herrera stressed that “these external internships are exclusively for training purposes and do not imply, under any circumstances, an employment relationship”. Therefore, he added, “there is no sense” in the limitations proposed by the Ministry of Labour. Companies, he said, are great allies of universities and extracurricular placements are “an opportunity to develop skills and not a means of labour exploitation”, he concluded.

 

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