Tuesday 24 January 2017

Onus on State to ensure integrity of job scheme

Published 15/07/2014 | 02:30

People queue for social welfare. Picture: Mark Condren
People queue for social welfare. Picture: Mark Condren

UNPAID labour undertaken in the hope of securing experience, contacts and maybe a job at the end, is a rite of passage as old as time. Many people can hark back to a time when they worked for little, or nothing at all, to pursue their dreams and gain employment. But there is a thin line between opportunity and exploitation.

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The Government deserves credit for introducing its JobBridge National Intern Scheme.

The scheme, which aims to help break the cycle where jobseekers are unable to get a job without experience, is a welcome addition to a package of measures to eradicate the twin scourges of youth and long-term unemployment.

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