JobBridge must be wound up – Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said “better late than never” in a response to the announcement from the Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection Kevin Humphreys that the government is carrying out a review into whether its controversial JobBridge internship scheme should be wound up.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“JobBridge displaces jobs, displaces paid employment, and has been open to abuse since it was set up in 2011.
“Sinn Féin published or own proposals for an alternative internship scheme earlier this year, after consulting extensively with relevant stakeholders.
“We said then that the JobBridge scheme was beyond repair and not fit for purpose. I’m delighted to hear that the Minister has finally taken our recommendations on board and is considering scaling down the scheme and replacing it with more targeted programmes.
“Sinn Féin has advocated that entry- level jobs be paid as such; that there should be an array of apprentices available; that the Higher Education Authority work closely with industry to ensure that the practical elements of their courses afford students the necessary experience; that internships should be short and that any scheme be founded on robust legislation including protections for participants. We also proposed balanced and effective monitoring and support mechanisms.
“I look forward to the publication of the review before the October budget.”