1000 New Jobbridge Positions – Single Parent & Disability Allowance Recipients Qualify

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD has announced 1,000 extra places for JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme due to the success of the Scheme since it went live on 1st July last year. The number of places will be increased to 6,000 with immediate effect and the eligibility criteria for the Scheme will also be extended to include those in receipt of One Parent Family Payment and Disability Allowance. These changes will take effect from 28th May 2012.

The Scheme which was designed to help those seeking employment to gain valuable experience while enhancing their prospects of securing employment was launched just ten months ago. Since then, 6,840 internships have started.
More than two thirds (67%) of interns have been placed with private companies.
One fifth of placements are in public sector bodies with the Community & Voluntary sector accounting for the remaining participants.
Smaller companies of less than 50 employees account for 57% of placements.
Larger companies (over 250 employees) have also participated strongly with almost a quarter (24%) of placements in these firms.

Since 1st January 2012, companies who employ interns can avail of the Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme which exempts employers from liability to pay their share of PRSI for certain employees. This will provide an additional boost to JobBridge. The Department is involved in the continuous monitoring of internships; in order to ensure that the placement provides appropriate training and development experience; and that appropriate mentoring and support is provided to the intern.
Speaking on Morning Ireland, Chair of the JobBridge Steering Group, Martin Murphy, said that of the 2,000 people who have completed the scheme, 797 or almost 40% have gone into full-time employment.