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JobBridge has provided 5,000 internships since its launch - Taoiseach

The government’s National Internship Scheme, launched last June, aims to give workplace experience to people on the live register.

Enda Kenny and Joan Burton at the launch of JobBridge last year
Enda Kenny and Joan Burton at the launch of JobBridge last year
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has praised the Government’s National Internship Scheme for reaching its target of 5,000 internships since it was launched last June.

Kenny said JobBridge is providing “invaluable experience” and said that some interns had already secured full time jobs as a result of the programme.

“I am delighted that JobBridge has provided 5,000 internships in only 8 months since I launched it last June,” said Enda Kenny today.

“Today, 5,000 additional young people have had invaluable experience in the work place with some already securing a full time job as a result. The scheme was a flagship commitment of the Government’s Job Initiative launched within the first 100 days of Government”.

He thanked the businesses who had “stepped up” to provide the opportunities for young people.

“As I said at the launch of JobBridge, overcoming this jobs crisis will be a truly national effort and the participation and effort of the private, public and voluntary sectors is essential. I would encourage all to engage with JobBridge, to provide more quality internship opportunities, and help get Ireland working again,” said the Taoiseach.

The are currently more than 2,000 posts available under the Scheme.

Participants in the scheme are required to have been on the live register for at least three months before applying for an internship, and receive €50 per week on top of their social welfare payment while undertaking the placement. However it has been criticised as a way for some employers to exploit free labour.

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