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Fewer people are doing JobBridge internships than expected

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Joan Burton and Enda Kenny at the launch of a JobBridge report last year.
Joan Burton and Enda Kenny at the launch of a JobBridge report last year.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTED 5,000 people do JobBridge internships this year, but just under 3,000 people have taken up placements.

Some 2,939 people were gaining experience through the scheme as of the end of November.

Thousands of places have been offered on various back-to-work and Youth Guarantee-related programmes in 2014.

About 28,000 places were available this year, with 20,382 filled.

Some 7,677 people have taken places with FÁS/SOLAS in 2014, while 3,505 people are involved in Youthreach programmes.

Some of the back-to-work initiatives filled more places than they expected, but most didn’t reach their targets (see table below).

youth guarantee Source: Oireachtas.ie

Tánaiste and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton recently told the Dáil that more people are expected to engage with the schemes as the Youth Guarantee is fully rolled out in 2015.

The initiative aims to provide training, education or work experience for those aged 18-24 years.

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