China eyes role as world’s power supplier

click for ginormous graphic Source: Financial Times   FT: “All of this fits in with Beijing’s goals of expansion and being a global standard setter,” says Erica Downs, an expert on China and energy at Columbia University. “It is also linked to China’s intention to become an advanced industrial superpower. There is a big prestige…

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Chuka Umunna, there’s no excuse for unpaid ‘student placements’ | Phil McDuff

Whether called internships or placements, these schemes damage the economy as well as young people’s prospects

Labour MP Chuka Umunna didn’t set out to cause controversy when he advertised a student placement role in his office. Until the advert was picked up by the Graduate Fog website, which campaigns for fair internships and better treatment of graduates by employers, nobody thought there would be an issue. After all, while it’s Labour party policy to ban unpaid internships, “placement schemes” are different. Aren’t they?

The rationale seems to be that because such placements are part of a student’s education, they are different from internships and thus shouldn’t be subject to the same rules. Perhaps, in the best cases, placements can play the role that their advocates say they do. Making them unpaid, however, certainly puts temptation in an employer’s path.

Related: Unpaid internships rig the system. Curb them, now | Owen Jones

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