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Third of interns leave JobBridge without new job

JOAN Burton has been called on to explain why a third of interns are leaving their JobBridge placements for no apparent reason.

The Minister for Social Protection published figures showing 3,388 of the 5,722 interns to date have left early.

While 1,534 quit to take up a job, another 1,854 -- or 32pc -- finished before the scheduled termination date for no stated reason.

Fianna Fail, which is in favour of the scheme, said the findings of a Government-commissioned report need to be published as soon as possible.

"I'm in favour of the scheme," the party's jobs spokesman Dara Calleary, inset, said.

"We want 5,000 more places as it is offering a good service."

"It's great that people are getting jobs but there is a large amount of people leaving for other reasons. We have to see what is going on -- are there difficulties? Is there question of exploitation," Mr Calleary said.


JobBridge was set up by the Government in 2011 to provide six to nine-month internships for people on social welfare.

Interns earn an extra €50 on top of their social welfare allowance for working.

Some 10,535 placements have started to date.

Figures from the department show that 37pc or 2,091 of the 5,722 have immediately progressed into employment, with 1,117 getting a job with their host organisation.

The other 974 joined a different company.