Opinion Editorial

Monday 26 June 2017

Onus on State to ensure integrity of job scheme

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.

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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