Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (133)

Heather Humphreys

Question:

133. Deputy Heather Humphreys asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide a breakdown on a county basis of the total number of participants who have successfully completed a JobBridge internship; the success rate of JobBridge participants in subsequently finding employment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26319/13]

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The JobBridge Scheme has made exceptional progress since it came into operation on 1 July 2011. A recent independent evaluation conducted by Indecon Economic Consultants found that 61% of interns progress to paid employment after completing their internship. The 61% progression rate for JobBridge is among the best in Europe, where progression rates for similar internship schemes average just 34%.

The Indecon evaluation clearly demonstrates that JobBridge is delivering for thousands of jobseekers by providing them with valuable opportunities to gain relevant work experience, knowledge and skills in a workplace environment. JobBridge is a key instrument which is delivering on the Government’s Pathways to Work agenda.

A breakdown of internships by county and region as at 16 May 2013 is set out in the following table:

Region

Finishers

as at 16/5/13

Current

Internships

as at 16/5/13

Total Placements 

as at 16/5/13

Dublin

3986

1945

5931

Dublin Total

3986

1945

5931

Mid Leinster

CARLOW              

142

80

222

KILDARE          

396

178

574

WICKLOW          

268

117

385

Mid Leinster Total

806

375

1181

Mid West

CLARE         

243

137

380

LIMERICK         

556

320

876

Mid West Total

799

457

1256

Midlands North

WESTMEATH         

280

144

424

ROSCOMMON           

78

48

126

MEATH               

227

149

376

LONGFORD            

90

41

131

Midlands North Total

675

382

1057

North East

MONAGHAN          

161

120

281

LOUTH             

268

162

430

CAVAN             

128

86

214

North East Total

557

368

925

North West

SLIGO 

220

106

326

DONEGAL             

355

203

558

LEITRIM 

51

23

74

North West Total

626

332

958

West

GALWAY            

722

413

1135

MAYO              

229

166

395

West Total

951

579

1530

Midlands South

KILKENNY            

173

94

267

LAOIS              

158

84

242

OFFALY       

131

72

203

TIPPERARY

352

198

550

Midlands South Total

814

448

1262

South East

WATERFORD    

382

212

594

WEXFORD            

326

198

524

South East Total

708

410

1118

South West

KERRY               

300

181

481

CORK COUNTY                

324

216

540

South West Total

624

397

1021

Cork Central

CORK CITY                   

781

383

1164

Cork Central Total

781

383

1164

Grand Total

11,327

6,076

17,403