Saturday November 28, 2020

A JobBridge to nowhere?

For the first time, The Sunday Business Post can reveal the true scale of JobBridge -- and how Ireland got hooked on the scheme

24th April, 2016
The state agencies, blue-chip corporates and high street names: who used it the most, what roles were filled?

obBridge – the National Internship Scheme - was first launched by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton as a six-to-nine-month “audition” for the unemployed, with 5,000 positions and a promise of an extra €50 a week in unemployment assistance.

Five years later, the 5,000 positions have ballooned to 46,500 and companies all over the country – regardless of size, ownership, or profitability – have used it. Financial giants such as JPMorgan, pharmaceutical heavyweights such...

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