Take a look at the briefing after the meeting of the Youth Council with the participation of public participation expert at the Institute for the Development of Legal Education and Civil Society, Piotr Drzewiecki.

The National Development Council’s Youth Council yesterday debated internships for young people entering the labor market. Particular attention was paid to the problem of the low quality of the internships offered and the phenomenon of reverse payment, when the student has to pay for the internship opportunity.

The legislative solutions developed so far do not meet the needs of young people. There is a perceived need for legislation that would cumulatively and comprehensively enable young people to undertake internships or apprenticeships, guarantee them respect for their social rights, and at the same time be attractive and acceptable from the perspective of the entities that host them.

Young people are often treated as the proverbial flower for the sheepskin, occupied with making coffee or filling out basic documentation. This is not how internships and apprenticeships should be. Nor should anyone work for free.

Piotr Drzewiecki, IREPSO

As indicated by Presidential Advisor and at the same time Head of the Youth Council Lukasz Rzepecki, recommendations on the possibility of regulatory internships will be presented to the President of Poland.

Photo: Krzysztof Gumul/KPRP