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Even Minister for State agrees that JobBridge has to go – Brady

20 May, 2016 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection, John Brady TD has welcomed the comments made by John Halligan, Minister of State for Training and Skills who pledged this morning that he would do everything in his power to get rid of the JobBridge scheme.

Deputy Brady said:

“I welcome the comments made by Deputy Halligan on Morning Ireland today. He has stated what we know to be true – that JobBridge is a failure and that it has been abused. He has said that he will do all he can to get rid of it.

“While technically JobBridge falls under the remit of Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, it is encouraging to know that Deputy Halligan will be putting pressure on him to scrap this scheme which has been so open to exploitation and which has reduced the availability of real job opportunities.

“Since its introduction in 2011, Sinn Féin has been calling for the scheme to be abolished. Last year we published a document outlining exactly how the ‘one-size-fits-all’ JobBridge scheme could be replaced by tailored internships which would allow for meaningful learning opportunities.

“The new government now have an opportunity to act – to actually support jobseekers to get quality jobs without reducing the numbers of real job vacancies. It is heartening that John Halligan in his capacity as Minister for State will be supporting the scrapping of the scheme. We believe that in decent pay for decent work – JobBridge has to go.”

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