Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for social protection, Aengus O Snodaigh TD, responded to the publication of internal department of social protection documents, which indicate that there will not be enough places in education and training for unemployed young people, saying that JobBridge has no place in any genuine Youth Guarantee.
The Dublin South Central TD said:
“A Youth Guarantee is a good idea but it is increasingly
clear that Ireland's version will be little more than a dressing for cuts.
“An internal Department of Social Protection document, as outlined in today’s Irish Times, confirms that there will not be enough places in education and training for unemployed young people to move into next year. My assertion that the government cuts to young peoples' jobseekers allowance aims to incentivise emigration rather than education is correct.
“The Youth Guarantee is supposed to offer quality jobs, education or training placement but it is clear that for most of those hit by the dole cuts all that will be on offer is emigration or an unpaid internship of dubious quality. But we learnt in the Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection last week that more than half of the money allocated to the Youth Guarantee in Budget 2014 is to be spent on JobBridge. JobBridge is a fundamentally flawed internship scheme that, in the absence of reform, actually depresses job creation, has no strategic link with sectors of likely future employment growth, and does not guarantee training of any value.
“JobBridge in its current form has no place in any genuine Youth Guarantee.”