The number of internships taken up under JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme, has now passed 20,000. Alan Kelly TD, Minister for Public & Commuter Transport welcomed the figures released by the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, this month.
Minister Kelly has highlighted the success of the scheme in County Tipperary where 645 JobBridge Internships have taken place.
JobBridge was launched in July 2011 to assist jobseekers to gain work experience and acquire new skills. There are over 5,300 participants currently on an internship and over 2,000 internship posts are currently advertised on the JobBridge website, www.jobbridge.ie. Over 9,000 companies have participated in the scheme from a cross-section of industry and employment.
JobBridge is an excellent example of a scheme which is benefiting jobseekers and employers in Tipperary. Minister Kelly said “I am delighted that so many jobseekers have been helped by JobBridge - to develop new skills and to gain quality work experience. In addition, I want to drive greater awareness in Tipperary among employers of a complementary scheme called JobsPlus*, which is making it easier and more attractive to hire motivated, experienced people from the Live Register.”
Three in five participants in JobBridge secure employment within five months of completing their internships, according to the independent evaluation of the scheme conducted by Indecon Economic Consultants and published in May this year. This 61% progression rate is one of the best outcomes for such a scheme anywhere in Europe.
Minister Kelly concluded “JobBridge is just one of a number of ways in which the Labour Party in Government is tackling unemployment. The latest CSO figures show we are moving in the right direction, with an increase of 33,800 in the numbers at work over the last year. We must maintain that progress and I would urge jobseekers and employers alike to consider the benefits of JobBridge and JobsPlus.”