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In Bulgaria, over 50 000 young people are being offered company internships with ESF support

More than 1000 employers are offering internships for school and university students under the ESF co-funded ‘School and university student practices’ scheme. Around 53 000 students from over 400 vocational high schools are expected to take part and receive 240 hours of paid work experience. Each will have a personal mentor and a trainer to help them gain the most from the internship. “A preliminary survey proved the demand for such internships from students,” explained programme coordinator Emiliya Valchovska from the Ministry of Education. “Teams have been put together, the teachers selected, and now we are moving to select the students who will take part.”