Unpaid work experience Is a requirement that harms students in social work, nursing, and teaching

Published July 5, 2023


Teen Vogue included Erin Hatton in a story on how unpaid work experience is a requirement that harms students in social work, nursing and teaching. Hatton says these unpaid work requirements can be seen as a form of coercion, with the unpaid labor requirement acting as a gatekeeper, forcing students to work for free in order to be able to pursue their desired career. The fact that these jobs are construed as “education” rather than “work” means students lack protections they would have as employees, including the right to be part of a union and not be subject to discrimination, harassment, or unsafe working conditions, Hatton explains.

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