An effective enslavement of the unemployed. It provides cheap labour for employers. Given the option of actual hiring of part/full time positions or cheap labour/slaves the decision is a no-brainer for employers thus actually creating joblessness. How about something actually useful, such as learning a second language? For some reason this choice is not available, despite the vast cost of these schemes to the taxpayer.
A massaging of the unemployment figures to say the least. Graduates are rewarded for their hard work earning qualifications by working for no money. The idea that this is a good way to gain experience for future employment is ridiculous as why would employers hire anyone when they are ensured constant, qualified, free labour.