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Written Answers - National Internship Scheme

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 299.  Deputy Jerry Buttimer Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer  asked the Minister for Social Protection in relation to Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  the operation of JobBridge scheme in Cork City and Cork County, the number of companies currently and previously participating in the scheme; the number of internships offered; the number of participating interns and the number of interns who have completed an internship; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23939/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The National Internship Scheme was launched on 1 July 2011. It provides internship opportunities of either 6 or 9 months for unemployed individuals on the Live Register, at all skills levels. The aim of JobBridge is to assist individuals in breaking the cycle where they are unable to get a job without experience. It provides them with an opportunity to gain valuable experience, relevant knowledge and skills within a working environment. The Scheme is open to organisations in the private, public and community or voluntary sectors. The Scheme has made significant progress to-date. 6,971 jobseekers have commenced their internship since 1 July 2011. There are currently 4,675 interns participating on JobBridge. In addition, there are in excess of 1,750 internship posts currently advertised on the JobBridge website See table below for information relating specifically to Cork City and County as at 9 May 2012:

Area The number of Host Organisations who have participated to-date The number of participating interns (currently) The number of interns who have finished an internship
Cork City 269 307 179
Cork County 139 154 51
Total 408 461 230

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