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Sinn Féin launches alternative to JobBridge

19 February, 2015 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD this morning launched his party’s alternative internship scheme which he says will replace the current government’s JobBridge Scheme if his party is in power after the next election.

Speaking at the launch in Dublin this morning Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;

“In June 2011 the government introduced the JobBridge scheme and it has become the central plank of their jobs strategy. Although some individuals may have had a positive experience, it is a scheme which leaves thousands of jobseekers vulnerable to exploitation.

“It is a scheme that has already reduced the number of real job opportunities available and if it is not closed down now then thousands of new paid entry level positions that should come into being in the months and years ahead will emerge as unpaid internships instead.

“Sinn Féin is committed to bringing about a fair recovery. We are focused on getting people back to work and bringing our young people home.

“This document has benefited from the insights of key stakeholders including Mandate, SIPTU, the INTO, CWU, ICTU Youth, the NYCI, INOU and We’re Not Leaving, along with many individual JobBridge participants.

“In this document Sinn Féin propose to replace the one-size-fits-all JobBridge scheme with a new participant centred model for internships.

“It envisages a substantial increase in the range of apprenticeships available. The model we propose would not displace apprenticeships, paid in-work training or jobs. It would afford those genuinely in need of some work experience with meaningful learning opportunities.

“Tailored internships would be developed sector by sector in full co-operation with trade unions and Education and Training Boards. Employers would be supported to be the best mentors that they can be.

“We propose an internship scheme that supports jobseekers to attain real quality jobs without limiting the number of proper job vacancies available. These are the proposals that Sinn Féin would seek to introduce in government.

“Sinn Féin’s proposals maximise decent pay for decent work.” ENDS

Document can be read online here or download it via the link at the top of the statement.

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