Tuesday 21 November 2017

JobBridge scheme set to be reviewed

A spokesperson for the Department of Social Welfare said that the level of unemployment has consistently fallen to a low of 9.7pc
A spokesperson for the Department of Social Welfare said that the level of unemployment has consistently fallen to a low of 9.7pc
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

The controversial JobBridge scheme is to be reviewed after the Department of Social Protection called for an independent external evaluation of the system.

A formal request for tenders has been issued by the department, as it looks to commission the external review.

Preliminary results will be available by the end of the year with a final report due to be completed early next year.

The scheme was originally introduced on a trial basis in 2011 for two years, but has been extended on a year-by-year basis by the department.

It allows unemployed people take up internships while receiving an extra €50 payment on weekly social welfare payments.

However, it has come under criticism for causing displacement in the work place.

A spokesperson for the Department of Social Welfare said that it is reviewing the scheme as Ireland's economy continues to improve.

"The economic environment today is very different than it was four years ago," he said.

"Real jobs are now being created and the level of unemployment has consistently fallen to a new low of 9.7pc," he added.

Irish Independent

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