A NATIONAL internship scheme, set to cost the Exchequer almost €20m over the next 18 months, will be rolled out in the coming days, writes Edel O'Connell.
The Government-sponsored scheme aims to provide work experience for 5,000 unemployed people.
New graduates and unemployed professionals will be offered a €50 payment on top of their social welfare payments, to undergo six to nine-month internships.
The scheme, which will be rolled out by FAS, is expected to provide private, public and voluntary sector placements.
Facebook, the ESB, Bord na Mona and PricewaterhouseCoopers are among the companies who have signed up to take on trainees.
Companies can take on up to 200 interns, depending on how many employees they have.