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# jobbridge - Saturday 27 July, 2013

JobBridge primary teacher ad slammed as "exploitative"

The Department of Education has said that schools can participate in the scheme – but not use it to displace staff or fill a current vacancy.

# jobbridge - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

Social welfare payments delayed by one day, affecting 32,700 people

The Department of Social Protection has blamed a “once off processing issue” for the delay with some payments today. They will be paid tomorrow.

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# jobbridge - Thursday 11 July, 2013

€54m cost of JobBridge pushes 'employment supports' bill up by 10 per cent

Department of Social Protection spending represented 40.6 per cent of all Government expenditure last year, according to figures out today.

# jobbridge - Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Joan Burton says 23 companies have been banned from JobBridge

The Social Protection Minister has answered questions about the government’s flagship internship scheme in the Dáil today.

# jobbridge - Saturday 29 June, 2013

Column: Unable to find work in Ireland, I had no choice but to leave

I was offered a job abroad and even though I had no family or friends there, I had to take it, writes Seanán Ó Coistín.

# jobbridge - Monday 17 June, 2013

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

Open thread: How do you feel about low-paying or unpaid internships?

Minister Joan Burton has welcomed criticism of the JobBridge scheme, but what do you think of unpaid internships in general?

217 people have worked JobBridge internships in government departments Exclusive

Figures provided to show that the Department of Justice and Equality currently has the most JobBride interns.

# jobbridge - Monday 10 June, 2013

Burton thanks JobBridge critics, says the scheme "isn't for everyone" JobBridge This post contains videos

Burton thanks JobBridge critics, says the scheme "isn't for everyone" Exclusive

In an exclusive interview with, Minister Burton said that she thanked critics of JobBridge for bringing things on the site to her attention.

# jobbridge - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Half the population benefitted from weekly social welfare payments in 2012

The department answered 8.4 million calls, allocated 154,000 PPS numbers and processed two million applications.

# jobbridge - Thursday 30 May, 2013

Nationwide JobBridge ban for creche chains featured in RTÉ programme

The Department of Social Protection says no interns have been sent to the creches involved, and none will be.

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

# jobbridge - Wednesday 1 May, 2013

JobBridge: 3 out of 5 interns secure paid employment

However, the report said that there is a need for enhanced support mechanisms to reduce the number of people not completing internships.

# jobbridge - Monday 29 April, 2013

Column: Young Irish people are losing their voice and facing forced emigration

The surge of precarious and part-time employment, unpaid internships and false starts expose Ireland’s bad attitude to young peoples’ future. , writes

# jobbridge - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

Budget 2013: Government announces €250 hike in college fees

The Government has announced plans to introduce a €250 hike in college fees and a reduction in the income threshold for those eligible for maintenance grants.

Unemployment falls as 1,500 come off Live Register

The seasonally adjusted figures on the Live Register show a drop of 1,500; the numbers are down 12,290 in a year.

# jobbridge - Tuesday 4 December, 2012

Readers' Panel Part One: What are you expecting from Budget 2013?

We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of tomorrow’s budget. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.

# jobbridge - Monday 22 October, 2012

Over half of JobBridge finishers are in paid employment

However a report also indicated one third of participants who finished placements early said they were dissatisfied with their internship.

# jobbridge - Thursday 4 October, 2012

Sharp rise in numbers taking part in back-to-work schemes

More than 57,000 people are now taking part in the various schemes for long-term unemployed.

# jobbridge - Wednesday 23 May, 2012

38 per cent of JobBridge interns go straight into full-time jobs

Joan Burton says of the 2,364 interns who completed their placements by the middle of last week, 890 went straight to work.

# jobbridge - Monday 21 May, 2012

Column: Job creation is too important for party politics. Let’s work together.

Writing for, Micheál Martin explains why Fianna Fáil’s new plan to tackle youth unemployment should be seriously considered.

# jobbridge - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

The nine stories you need to know this morning, including: 1,000 more internships on JobBridge, the underwear bomber turns out to be a double agent, and all the details on the new social welfare ID card…

Additional 1,000 JobBridge places announced

Minister Joan Burton says scheme is also being extended to include people receiving One Parent Family payment and disability allowance.

# jobbridge - Wednesday 2 May, 2012

Over half of young interns feel 'undervalued' - survey

A survey of young people on college campuses finds that 53 per cent of interns felt undervalued during work placements.

# jobbridge - Thursday 12 April, 2012

Plans to extend JobBridge to people with disabilities confirmed

The Minister for Social Protection has said plans to extend the National Internship Scheme to people claiming Disability Allowance should be revealed in the coming weeks.

# jobbridge - Friday 9 March, 2012

Employment scheme aims to 'keep people close to labour market', says minister

Joan Burton says unemployed professionals will be expected to take up reasonable job offers.

# jobbridge - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

Column: How to make parental leave work for dads in Ireland too

Journalist Philip O’Connor says the system of parental leave in Sweden, where he lives, benefits children, parents and the unemployed – and it is ideal for recessionary Ireland.

# jobbridge - Monday 27 February, 2012

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.

# jobbridge - Thursday 26 January, 2012

Column: I’m jobless, so why am I excluded from JobBridge?

Laws that hinder parts of society from following their chosen career might remind us of the past – but they exist in Ireland today, writes Francis Dunne.

# jobbridge - Thursday 12 January, 2012

The Daily Fix: Thursday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Thursday

In tonight’s fix: A bad day for jobs, a good day for the government – and for some primary teachers, and which important group want help from JobBridge interns?

TDs: 'JobBridge interns could help us do our jobs' JobBridge This post contains a poll

TDs: 'JobBridge interns could help us do our jobs'

Both TDs and Oireachtas committees say they need extra personnel – and have asked that JobBridge interns be considered.

# jobbridge - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

The Daily Fix: Wednesday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

In tonight’s Fix: All the latest from the Race for the Áras; what Bertie Ahern has been doing since he left office; real-life Angry Birds; and when Bono said the f-word on television.

Unemployed primary teachers can do probation through JobBridge

Government decides to extend internship scheme to primary teaching grads who have to find 100 days of experience to register with Teachers’ Council.

# jobbridge - Friday 16 September, 2011

Tesco stands behind JobBridge advert Job Bridge This post contains images

Tesco stands behind JobBridge advert

The supermarket giant came under fire after placing an ad for internships at a number of it stores.

# jobbridge - Friday 9 September, 2011

JobBridge companies want a pizza chef, a waiter and a personal assistant JobBridge This post contains images

JobBridge companies want a pizza chef, a waiter and a personal assistant

As well as a butcher, a baker and, er, a picture framer…We take a look at some more of the “intern” positions being advertised through the Government’s National Internship Scheme.

Poll: Is the government's internship scheme worthwhile? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is the government's internship scheme worthwhile?

Critics have branded the JobBridge initiative ‘exploitative’, while others say it provides valuable experience. What do you think?

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you should know this morning…

# jobbridge - Thursday 8 September, 2011

Column: It’s a shame JobBridge is badly curated – there are some quality offers in there

Employer and online business MD Aaron McKenna says that while JobBridge is scattered with ads for unskilled, unpaid labour, internships – even unpaid – should not be written off as without merit.

# jobbridge - Wednesday 7 September, 2011

From The Daily Edge Finally: An internship opportunity for vajazzling JobBridge

Finally: An internship opportunity for vajazzling

The long wait is over…