Press Statement by Brendan Griffin TD
3 in 5 JobBridge participants go on to secure employment within five months of completing their internship
Speaking on the Order of Business today (Thursday), Fine Gael Kerry Deputy, Brendan Griffin, called for the financial incentive of €50, which is in place for those who take up internships with the JobBridge scheme, to be increased to encourage even greater participation in the scheme.
“JobBridge has been a huge success, with the number of internships undertaken now surpassing 20,000. With three in five participants going on to secure employment within five months of completing their JobBridge internship, it is incumbent on us to now find the best way of encouraging more people who are out of work to get involved.
“The scheme is one of a number of job activation measures designed to help jobseekers to develop new skills, to gain valuable work experience and ultimately to help them in the transition back into the workforce.
“The scheme is currently delivering an average of 800 internships every month and has proved equally popular with jobseekers as it is with employers, with more than 9,000 companies having participated in the scheme to date.
“The plan is to increase participation in the scheme by 20% so that we are delivering 950 internships a month. By increasing the financial incentive of €50 which is currently on offer to participants on top of their dole payment, I believe we can encourage further engagement with the scheme, helping us to reach that target.
“I am well aware of the current state of our national finances and of the efforts being made to reduce spending where we can. However, I also believe that this measure would be self-financing as every additional person we assist in getting off the Live Register and back into employment means on average an extra €20,000 for the State in terms of tax revenue received and dole payments ceased.
“We are making good inroads in terms of reducing employment, with nearly 34,000 more people recorded at work than this time last year. We must continue to explore the most effective ways of encouraging employment by honing schemes and consulting with industry experts to determine how best we can meet their needs and help them to retain and create the jobs we need.
“I will be raising this issue directly with the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, and at the Social Protection and Education Committee, of which I am a member, in a bid to having the viability of such an initiative explored.”