National Internship Scheme to Benefit Firms and Jobseekers

Anew National Internship Scheme, to be known as JobBridge, was recently announced by the Government, as part of its jobs initiative programme. It will be administered by FAS on behalf of the Department of Social Protection.

Thescheme aims to provide up to 5,000 people with work experience placements for a 6 – 9 month period and to date there has already been over 500 expressions of interest from organisations  - including professional practices, offering approximately 1,000 internship opportunities. Interns can gain valuable experience to add to their CV and enhance their career prospects, while participating organisations can access potential future employees.

Participantson the scheme will receive, through the Department of Social Protection, a single allowance (Internship Allowance) consisting of €50 per week on top of their equivalent existing social welfare entitlements.  No employer top up contributions will be allowed.

Theobjective of the scheme, as set in out in ‘General Guidelines for JobBridge The National Internship Scheme (NIS)’ is to:

Hostorganisations, who subsequently employ their own interns, may qualify for the Employers PRSI  Exemption Scheme operated by the Department of SocialProtection.

Organisationsor jobseekers interested in finding out more about the scheme should visit www.JobBridge.ie

Niall Dempsey is Director - OSK Tax.

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