Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said it is outrageous that Minister Burton is extending the JobBridge programme which is displacing real jobs.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh the scheme enables employers to swap what should be a paid probationary period for a free internship all at the expense of the state.
“The reality is that the JobBridge programme is facilitating job displacement and exploitation.
“The fact that many of the small number of participants who have actually since gained employment got a job in their JobBridge host company is further evidence that the scheme displaces real jobs. This scheme enables employers to swap what should be a paid probationary period for a free internship all at the expense of the state.
“The displacement of real jobs is not a problem that has been ‘ironed out’ as the Minister would have us believe. On any given day you can visit the JobBridge website and see positions advertised that involve no meaningful training, demand the applicant already have experience and clearly involve work for which the person should be paid a proper wage.
“Sinn Féin wants to see the introduction of a genuine internship scheme which guarantees meaningful up-skilling and protects against exploitation.”