Are internships bridging the gap?

The JobBridge scheme has garnered criticism and praise since its introduction nearly two years ago, but the government insists it is bearing fruit for jobseekers.

17th February, 2013
Martin Murphy, managing director of HP Ireland and chair of the steering group on the National Internship Scheme. Photo: Tony O'Shea

The JobBridge initiative has attracted controversy since its introduction 20 months ago but, as the programme beds in, the evidence suggests that, for the majority of participants, it is working.

Launched by the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, in July 2011, JobBridge provides internships of six or nine months to people on the live register. Participants are paid an extra €50 per week on top of their regular social welfare payments for the duration of...

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