Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (302, 341, 355, 360)

John Lyons

Question:

302. Deputy John Lyons asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of JobBridge participants per economic sector based on Nace Rev. 2 codes; and if data are available on the education profile of JobBridge participants per economic sector. [4850/14]

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Paudie Coffey

Question:

341. Deputy Paudie Coffey asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons who participated on the JobBridge scheme in Waterford in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5372/14]

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Gerry Adams

Question:

355. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide a breakdown of placements within counties Louth and Meath under the JobBridge scheme from the inception of the scheme; if she will provide figures pertaining to offers of employment made to participants upon completion of this scheme; if she will provide as a list of employers and or companies in the scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5527/14]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

360. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 114 of 28 January 2014, if a person on Youthreach can take up a JobBridge internship without fully completing the Youthreach programme; and if they can move seamlessly between both programmes or if they have to go on the live register first; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5635/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 302, 341, 355 and 360 together.

The Department does not maintain statistics on JobBridge internships by Nace Rev. 2 codes or on the education profile of interns by economic sector. 125, 341 and 357 internships started in Waterford City and County in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively. 622 and 573 internships started in Counties Louth and Meath respectively since the commencement of the scheme in July 2011. The independent evaluation of JobBridge found that 61.4% of all interns moved into employment after 5 months or more of finishing their internship. The Department does not disclose the names of host organisations participating in the scheme.

In common with other training programmes, a potential JobBridge intern must complete their Youthreach programme in order for time spent on the course to count towards eligibility for JobBridge and they must have a live qualifying claim in order to commence a JobBridge internship. This means that they must register a claim for, and be approved to receive, a jobseeker payment.