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# JobBridge

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Voices
Paul Murphy: 'The answer to the unemployment crisis isn't JobBridge 2.0'
The Work Placement Experience Programme is bad for all workers , writes Paul Murphy TD.
# budget 2018
Ireland is getting a new internship programme
The new scheme aims to target young people who find it difficult to enter employment.
# factcheck
FactCheck: You asked, we answered - "real unemployment"
Are job activation schemes masking the reality of unemployment in Ireland? What kind of jobs are people getting anyway?
Voices
'My Jobseeker's Allowance was cut to €40 a week - I can’t afford to go to interviews'
I don’t want a free ride. I want the Department of Social Protection to assist me.
# scrapped
"Our view is that it has done the job it was asked to do" - JobBridge to be wound down from Friday
Consultation will soon begin for a new job activation programme to take its place.
# bridge of sighs
JobBridge is officially to be scrapped, but what will replace it?
The oft-controversial internship scheme is to be discontinued by new social protection minister Leo Varadkar.
# Out of control
Calls for 'exploitative' JobBridge to be scrapped after more revelations
The Department of Social Protection says the scheme is being reviewed.
# out foxed
Fox hunting on JobBridge? Joan Burton says her hands are tied
The minister says once it’s legal it’s fair game.
# Blood Sports
Hundreds sign petition protesting against fox-hunting internship on JobBridge
The petition was started by the Irish Council Against Bloodsports.
# GE16 Fact Check
FactCheck: What effect does JobBridge and other schemes have on our unemployment rate?
TheJournal.ie’s GE16 FactCheck examines an issue that’s on a lot of people’s minds.
Voices
I spent five long years studying to be a vet and I'm up against JobBridge ads paying €50 a week
Veterinary Ireland has said it has written to the Department of Social Protection to express their concerns about JobBridge vet positions. Here, one graduate tells her story.
Voices
I've studied for years, so why does JobBridge advertise for the positions I should be filling?
Putting skilled graduates into underpaid positions does not address unemployment and leaves aspiring graduates feeling undervalued, writes Christian Korpos.
Voices
Ireland's social welfare policy treats us like a country of scroungers
‘Obligations to care for children or the lack of employment in rural areas may well have accounted for the vast proportion of the unemployment rate during the Celtic Tiger.’
# A BRIDGE TOO FAR
JobBridge is being reviewed - and may be scrapped altogether
The scheme has been widely-used, but never without controversy.
Voices
Headfort headmaster: I was wrong to look for JobBridge interns
I mistakenly thought the scheme was a way to broaden our horizons, to go beyond the past pupil pool.
Voices
We're a group of young people who picket JobBridge businesses. Here's why
Members of youth activist group Work Must Pay explain why they’ve decided to take action.
# Teachers
Online backlash forces private school to withdraw JobBridge ads
The headmaster said he was not attempting to fill vacancies and was not as familiar with the debates around the scheme as he should have been.
# return to sender
Fifty Dublin City Council JobBridge interns not employed at the end of placement
The Department of Social Protection say this is down to the public sector recruitment embargo.
# Your Say
Poll: Is it time to scrap JobBridge?
Participants in the scheme get an extra €50 per week on top of their social welfare.
# grand job
The government has a grand plan for unemployed construction workers...
They’re going to blitz construction companies with information about their employment services, like Jobbridge. And, erm, that’s about it really.
# County Councils
Local authorities have kept on just 27 JobBridge interns
That’s out of more than 1,200 who have completed placement with county councils.
# objection
Fully-qualified solicitors doing a JobBridge? It's 'a joke'
Not everyone is happy about the situation.
# ssssssshhhh
Council libraries are using JobBridge for 'free labour', says Sinn Féin
One intern said he was told almost immediately that there was no chance of a job.
# shots fired
Joan Burton: I sometimes wonder if TDs criticising JobBridge have ever worked in a job*
* “Apart from politics of course,” the Tánaiste said.
# not this time
The JobBridge €50 top-up won't be increased, here's why
The National Youth Council of Ireland thinks “significant reform” of the internship scheme is needed.
# good and bad reviews
'If it wasn't for JobBridge, I'd still be on benefits'
Almost four years on from the launch of the internship scheme, we’ve been asking participants about their experiences…
# Back to Work
Sinn Féin is launching an alternative to JobBridge ... with some American inspiration
The party thinks too many employers abuse the current system.
Voices
Opinion: JobBridge has very vocal critics, but it's delivering results for thousands of young people
Unpaid internships are largely the preserve of the well-off and reinforce disadvantage; JobBridge has levelled the playing field.
Voices
Opinion: I never knew how easy it was to become homeless in Ireland until now
I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that a mere three weeks could change my life so drastically.
# jobs club
JobBridge interns used to teach jobseeker classes
An internal audit flagged that the practice was taking place at Jobs Club classes.
# the new emily
Image magazine comes in for harsh criticism for unpaid PA internship
Duties include being the PA to the managing director, as well as front of house for clients.
# Back to Work
Fewer people are doing JobBridge internships than expected
Have you done one?
# no experience required
Gardaí defend hiring 16 JobBridge interns for €1.25 an hour
The force is currently seeking a “human rights assistant” and “legal/policing researcher.”
# news wrap
Today's top stories in 6 seconds
Don’t have time to mull over the news? Here’s everything you need to know.
# Concerns raised
Are JobBridge interns insured if they have an accident in the workplace?
Concerns have been raised about whether interns are being covered by their employers.
# single parent
Woman awarded €5,000 for not being allowed to do JobBridge internship
She was excluded from joining the scheme because she was in receipt of a one-parent family benefit.
# Interns
There are 24 JobBridge interns in government departments
Eleven of them are in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
# subbridge
Subway advertise for 'Sandwich Artist' intern through JobBridge
The placement is at a store in Galway City.
# Budget
Did Gerry Adams want JobBridge expanded, not scrapped, just a few months ago?
Michael McCarthy has accused Adams of backtracking on the issue. Sinn Féin’s response? He’s “clutching at straws”.
# Internships
JobBridge ads for school cleaners and caretakers taken down - but you can still be a janitor
A school in Mayo has found a loophole, it seems.