Deputy Regina Doherty has welcomed the launch of the Government’s new internship scheme, which will provide 5,000 places for people who are unemployed and are struggling to access the jobs market.
“JobBridge, the new National Internship Programme, is a hugely welcome initiative, which will help thousands of people who feel stuck on the live register gain access to the jobs market. Hundreds of companies have already expressed interest in the programme, ranging from semi-state bodies to multinational corporations.”
It has been announced that about 300 organisations have indicated that they will take on 1,000 interns between them.
Deputy Doherty states “This is a hugely positive start and a strong indication that the interest in the scheme will be quite significant. Any person who has been on the Live Register for at least three months is eligible to apply for the scheme.”
Internships are set to last for a period six or nine months and the interns will receive an allowance of €50 a week, on top of their existing social welfare entitlements. This top-up will be covered by the Department of Social Protection, meaning there will be no additional cost for employers. This Scheme will last for a period of two years and there are safeguards put in place to ensure that employers do not exploit interns.
For job seekers, the programme offers invaluable hands-on real experience and access to contacts and references that can only open doors to the possibility of securing full time employment. And for the companies involved, the scheme allows them to bring talented and enthusiastic individuals into their organisation.
“Following the announcement of the Jobs Initiative last month this scheme is another measure that has been introduced by the Government to combat the state of unemployment in this country. The creation of good quality internships, spread throughout the country is a great way to support both small companies ensuring that they have access to well trained, experienced people who are ready to take up full-time job opportunities when they are created.”
From this Friday, prospective interns will be able to go online and check out the range of places up for grabs. Interested parties can log on to www.jobbridge.ie now for more information.