‘Far from perfect’ JobBridge scheme to be scrapped – Leo Varadkar

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“JobBridge, the controversial internship scheme, will cease to accept new applicants from Friday. Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has announced that he is to set-up a consultation process with a view to finding a replacement programme which will begin in the middle of next year …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 18 October]

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Job Bridge didn’t have enough checks to stop exploitation

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Employers were able to hire Job Bridge staff without the Department of Social Protection validating that the intern position wasn’t replacing a real job, according to an internal audit. Nobody in the Department of Social Protection was routinely checking companies’ applications to hire interns under Job Bridge against recent redundancy payments made by these same applicant companies …” (more)

[Claire O’Sullivan, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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Only 4,000 on JobBridge scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A comparatively small number of people participate in the JobBridge training programme that Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar plans to replace after the summer, official figures published yesterday show …” (more)

[Eamon Quinn, Irish Examiner, 3 June]

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JobBridge to be axed over ‘abuse by some firms’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Social protection minister Leo Varadkar is scrapping JobBridge – the controversial state-supported internship scheme for unemployed workers. Just two weeks into his new role, Mr Varadkar has decided to axe the social welfare scheme …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 22 May]

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John Halligan vows to get rid of ‘unfair’ JobBridge

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“John Halligan has said he will do everything in his power as a junior minister to get rid of the ‘unfair’ and much ‘abused’ JobBridge scheme …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 21 May]

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JobBridge and creating employment

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Impact report on the discredited JobBridge scheme gives us food for thought on what the role of the State should be in ending unemployment (‘JobBridge scheme out of control, warns union’, April 25th). The State tends to be portrayed as having a merely facilitative role in creating jobs …” (more)

[Osal Kelly, Irish Times, 29 April]

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There’s no excuse for fastest-growing economy in EU to keep using JobBridge

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“JobBridge was introduced as a temporary measure in 2011 at the height of the economic crisis. But why is it still in existence now that Ireland has the fastest growing economy in the EU? …” (more)

[Colette Browne, Independent, 26 April]

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Jobbridge Use in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Via Jack Horgan-Jones, and the Sunday Business Post, a list of all companies who have used the controversial Jobbridge programme was listed today. Jobbridge is a program of labour market activation whereby persons on unemployment get paid €50 extra to be placed in a otherwise fulltime position …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 24 April]

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USI calls for JobBridge abolition

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The head of the largest body representing students in Ireland has described the JobBridge scheme as ‘one of the worst things to happen to young people in Ireland in decades’. Union of Students in Ireland (USI) president Kevin Donoghue’s comments come following revelations in yesterday’s Irish Examiner that employers were accused of assaulting and bullying interns …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 19 April]

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My marketing degree has been devalued by yellow-pack scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“As a recent graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and one who has a degree in marketing, I have commenced seeking employment within the marketing industry.In daily monitoring of the jobs market, I have discovered that the marketing function of a business has been relegated to obtaining employees under the JobBridge scheme …” (more)

[John Tierney, Irish Examiner, 3 March]

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Surprise upgrade for more than 400 Leaving Cert pupils

Posted in Teaching on October 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More than 400 Leaving Certificate candidates have received a surprise upgrade in their results, after examiners did a rethink on an answer to a question on the Home Economics higher level paper …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 October]

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JobBridge and the value of work

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In relation to JobBridge, Gregor Kerr (August 25th) gets to the nub of the matter with the simple question, ‘How is it possible to reconcile an ethos of respect, equality and fairness with the use of a scheme that pays people €4.30 per hour?’ …” (more)

[Jim O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 26 August]

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JobBridge scheme set to be reviewed

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The controversial JobBridge scheme is to be reviewed after the Department of Social Protection called for an independent external evaluation of the system …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 19 August]

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External review of JobBridge to be carried out

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Social Protection has said it is going to commission an external review of the JobBridge scheme and will soon issue a formal request for tenders to carry out an ‘independent external evaluation’ …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 18 August]

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School withdraws JobBridge advertisements following backlash

Posted in Teaching on August 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Principal says he ‘did not conduct enough research’ on the scheme. A private school that advertised for two teachers through the JobBridge internship scheme has withdrawn the notices due to a ‘groundswell of opposition’ it faced …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 5 August]


JobBridge rules broken by 84 firms

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Over 80 companies have been ‘red flagged’ for allegedly abusing the JobBridge scheme. Under the scheme, unemployed people are offered an internship of six or nine months with a host company with a view to getting back into the workforce …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 27 June]

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A bridge too far?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Scrutiny of the Government’s JobBridge scheme has continued with the release of a new study. Impact, the largest public sector trade union, has published a report on the JobBridge programme amid increasing concern among its members that it is being used inappropriately …” (more)

[eolas Magazine, 28 May]

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Impact: JobBridge scheme has to be dissolved

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The time to dissolve JobBridge is now, according to the Impact trade union which is launching new proposals for new internships to help those in need of work. The organisation says the scheme has been of benefit to some …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 13 April]

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JobBridge must be dissolved, warns report

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government’s JobBridge programme must be dissolved and replaced with a more targeted approach, a new report has said. The report JobBridge – time to start again? recommends that the scheme should not be used in the public sector until such a time as the employment embargo is lifted …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 10 April]

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Why unpaid interns can help bridge the knowledge gap

Posted in Life on February 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Does the national unpaid internship scheme exploit workers, or give them a valuable opportunity? Or something in between? …” (more)

[Eoin Mulvihill, Independent, 15 February]

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