Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said he is going to replace the JobBridge internship scheme with a more targeted scheme based on the response to a review of the programme by consultants Indecon.
The report by Indecon International Research Economists in association with London Economics finds that JobBridge was very successful in helping unemployed people from all age groups to return to the jobs market, and was viewed positively by most of those taking part.
However, it also confirms that JobBridge has served its purpose and should be replaced with a new programme with a stronger focus on skills, paying at least the minimum wage, and focusing on those unemployed for at least six months.
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