1,239 JobBridge interns in Donegal
SOME 1,239 Donegal
people have participated in JobBridge to date with
223 interns currently enrolled, a new report shows.
The report published by the National Youth Council
of Ireland (NYCI) reveals that while 57 per cent are
satisfied with their internship, only 27 per cent
secure full time employment after it.
The report suggests that "significant reform" is
needed to enhance the experience of participants and
increase their progression into secure employment.
NYCI deputy director and the study's author James
Doorley said: The scheme has been the subject of
much political debate, public comment and press
attention. However, we wanted to get behind the
headlines and engage directly with the real experts
, that is, the participants on the scheme
There have been 36,434 participants in scheme so far
- of whom 10,125 were under 25 years of age up to
Meanwhile, some 376 employers or organisations have
taken on 10 or more interns.
A further 45 per cent of the 65,686 JobBridge
positions advertised have never been filled.
Other data shows that 41 per cent said they were
treated like other team members while 22 per cent
said they were not
There was a 100 per cent dissatisfaction rating
among those who were compelled to participate by the
Department of Social Protection.
Among the NYCI's key recommendations include a full
analysis to determine the real contribution of the
scheme to employment and employability.
It also recommends restricting the scheme to sectors
where progression to employment is high. It also
says the Department should double the existing top
up payment from 50 to 100 per week.