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Call for Government to introduce revamped internship scheme following EU Report – Quinlivan

25 May, 2016 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has said he is concerned by the EU Commission Report on Ireland which notes the intensification of skills mismatches and shortages. The Report also found that upskilling and reskilling opportunities remain insufficient. 

Speaking in response to the EU Country Report for Ireland 2016, Deputy Quinlivan said:

"The EU Report is very worrying and the government must heed its warning that employment developments in the construction sector may be indicative of structural barriers in the construction industry, which could hamper the delivery of housing units.

"In response to a recent parliamentary question I submitted to the Minister for Jobs, I was informed that registrations for trade apprenticeships are only forecast to increase by 237 positions this year.

"This is clearly not sufficient for the future needs of the labour market. It is also very worrying considering Minister Varadkar’s announcement this week that he is to abolish the JobBridge scheme in September.

"Sinn Féin has repeatedly called for the replacement of the scheme with a new participant centred model for internships. Under this model tailored internships would be developed sector by sector in full cooperation with trade unions and Education and Training Boards, and employers would be supported to be the best mentors they can be.

"I am calling on the Minister for Jobs and Minister Varadkar to act as a matter of urgency to introduce an internship scheme that supports jobseekers to attain real quality job  as part of a fair recovery".

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