Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (108, 310)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

108. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of companies and State agencies who have utilised JobBridge since its foundation; if she is satisfied that the internship programme is not creating displacement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24107/14]

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Mick Wallace

Question:

310. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Social Protection the State agencies under his remit that have used and/or are currently using the JobBridge scheme; the number of JobBridge placements in State agencies in 2013; if any State agency takes on interns who do not receive any payment during their internship; the names of these agencies; and the total number of unpaid internships in State agencies in 2013; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23686/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 108 and 310 together.

Table 1 contains details of those State agencies that have participated in JobBridge since it commenced on 1 July, 2011. Table 2 contains details of JobBridge internships that commenced in 2013 with State agencies. Internships other than JobBridge internships in State agencies fall outside the remit of the Minister for Social Protection. As of 3 June, 2014, 13,433 host organisations had participated in JobBridge since it was launched on 1 July, 2011. Of those, 1,378 host organisations were in the Public Sector. While the independent evaluation of JobBridge undertaken by Indecon International Economic Consultants and launched by the Taoiseach and I on 1 May, 2013, found that there is a higher rate of progression into employment among participants who completed their internships in private sector organisations, at 54.8%, compared to 41.2% among participants who undertook their internship in a public sector organisation and 43% within the community and voluntary sector, it was also found that, in every sector, JobBridge internships are providing effective and high quality real-workplace experience to break the cycle where the unemployed, even those with good vocational or academic qualifications have difficulty securing employment without demonstrable work experience.

The exceptional rates of progression into employment among interns in the public sector, where a recruitment moratorium limits possibility of progression into employment with the host organisation, make it clear that the benefits gained by interns in public and voluntary sector host organisations significantly improve their employability and facilitate them in gaining employment either with their host organisation or with another employer.

I am satisfied that there is minimal displacement created by JobBridge on foot of the independent evaluation. Host organisations are required to give an undertaking that there is no displacement of existing employees when advertising an internship opportunity. Where displacement is alleged it is dealt with vigorously by the Department.

In order to protect the intern and to ensure the integrity of JobBridge, a variety of control measures and criteria are in place to prevent displacement of an existing position and to ensure appropriate training and development and that appropriate mentoring and support is provided to the intern. In addition to the initial vetting of advertisements and the requirement for the host organisation to participate in monthly compliance reporting, the Department has conducted over 6,400 onsite monitoring visits, either randomised visits/inspections with host organisations or for the investigation of complaints received from interns or concerned individuals. The Department treats such complaints very seriously.

Table 1 - State Agencies that have participated in JobBridge

STATE AGENCY

Adoption Authority of Ireland

An Bord Altranais

An Chomhairle Leabharlanna / The Library Council

An Garda Síochána

Athlone Town Council

Ballina Town Council

Ballyfermot Citizens Information Service

Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership

Bord Bia

Bord Gáis Networks

Bord na Mona Plc

Bord Scannán na hÉireann / Irish Film Board

Border Regional Authority

Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly

Bray Town Council

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Canal Communities Partnership

Carlow County Council

Carlow County Enterprise Board

Castlebar Town Council

Cavan and Monaghan ETB

Cavan Local Authorities

Central Bank of Ireland

Central Statistics Office

Chester Beatty Library

Child and Family Agency Louth

Citizens Information Board

City of Cork VEC

City of Dublin Education and Training Board

City of Limerick VEC

City of Waterford VEC

Clare County Council

Clare County Enterprise Board

Co Cavan VEC

Co Cork VEC

Co Monaghan MABS

Co. Waterford VEC

Co. Wicklow VEC

Coillte

Commission for Aviation Regulation

Commission for Energy Regulation

Competition Authority

Cork City Coroners Office

Cork City Council

Cork City Enterprise Board Ltd.

Cork County Council

Cork Opera House

County Dublin VEC

County Kildare Leader Partnership

County Tipperary Joint Libraries Committee

Courts Service

Crafts Council of Ireland

Defence Forces

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht

Department of Defence - Newbridge

Department of Education & Skills

Department of Finance

Department of Health

Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation

Department of Justice & Equality

Department of Public Expenditure & Reform

Department of Social Protection

Department of the Taoiseach

Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport

Dept of Environment, Community & Local Government

Dept. of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources

Donegal County Council

Donegal County Enterprise Board

Drogheda Port Company

Dublin Airport Authority

Dublin Bus

Dublin City Council - Woodquay

Dublin Institute of Technology

Dublin Tourism

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Dún Laoghaire VEC

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Dungarvan Town Council

Dungarvan VTOS

Enterprise Ireland

Environmental Protection Agency

Equality Authority

Equality Tribunal

ESB (Head Office)

Fáilte Ireland

Family Support Agency

Fingal County Council

Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Forfás

Galway City Council

Galway County & City Enterprise Board

Galway County Council

Health Service Executive

Health and Safety Authority

Heritage Council

Human Rights Commission

IDA Ireland

Personal Injuries Assessment Board

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Irish Aviation Authority

Irish Medicines Board

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Irish Sports Council

Irish Water Safety

Kerry County Council

Kerry Education and Training Board

Kildare County Council

Kildare County Enterprise Board Ltd

Kilkenny County Enterprise Board

Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board

Laois County Council

Laois County Enterprise Board Limited

Léargas

Legal Aid Board

Leitrim County Council

Limerick City Adult Education Service

Limerick City Council

Limerick City Enterprise Board

Limerick County Council

Limerick County Enterprise Board

Limerick Social Services Council Ltd

Local Government Management Agency

Longford County Council

Louth & Meath Education & Training Board

Louth County Council

Louth Leader Partnership

Marine Institute

Mayo County Council

Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB

Meath County Council

Medical Council

Midland Regional Authority

Monaghan County Council

Muintearas

National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)

National Concert Hall

National Gallery of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland

North & East Kerry Development

North Cork Adult Education Services

North Cork Enterprise Board

North Tipperary County Council

North Tipperary Leader Partnership

Offaly County Council

Office of Public Works

Office of the Attorney General

Office Of the Chief State Solicitor

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General

Office of the Ombudsman

Office of the Pensions Ombudsman

Office of the Secretary General to the President

Oireachtas Library & Research Service

Port of Waterford

Private Residential Tenancies Board

Radio Telefís Éireann

Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland

Revenue

Roscommon County Council

Roscommon County Enterprise Board Ltd

Science Foundation Ireland

Sligo County Council

South Cork Enterprise Board

South Dublin County Council

South Tipperary County Council

South-East Regional Authority

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Teagasc

TG4

State Laboratory

Tipperary North County Enterprise Board Ltd.

Tipperary SR County Enterprise Board Ltd

Tourism Ireland

Valuation Office

Waterford City Council

Waterford County Council

Waterways Ireland

Western Development Commission

Westmeath County Council

Westmeath County Enterprise Board Ltd

Wexford Arts Centre

Wexford Local Authorities

Wicklow County Council

Wicklow County Enterprise Board

Table 2 - JobBridge Internships that commenced in 2013 with State Agencies

-

Completed Early

Completed

Full

Ongoing

Total

An Garda Síochána

1

1

2

Athlone Town Council

1

1

Ballina Town Council

2

1

1

4

Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership

1

1

Bord Bia

2

1

3

Canal Communities Partnership

1

1

Carlow County Council

6

8

8

22

Castlebar Town Council

2

2

Cavan and Monaghan ETB

3

1

4

Cavan County Council

8

8

5

21

Central Bank of Ireland

1

1

Chester Beatty Library

1

1

1

3

Citizens Information Board

1

1

Clare County Council

4

2

1

7

Co Monaghan MABS

1

1

Co. Waterford VEC

1

1

Coillte

1

1

Commission for Energy Regulation

1

1

Cork City Coroners Office

1

1

Cork City Council

3

10

4

17

Cork County Council

23

24

5

52

Cork Opera House

1

1

2

County Dublin VEC

1

1

County Tipperary Joint Libraries Committee

1

1

Courts Service

2

1

3

Crafts Council of Ireland

9

15

27

51

Defence Forces

6

2

8

Department of Agriculture & Food

2

3

5

Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht

3

2

5

Department of Education & Skills

1

2

3

Department of Finance

1

1

Department of Health

1

1

Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation

4

3

7

Department of Justice & Law Reform

8

3

4

15

Department of Public Expenditure & Reform

4

3

3

10

Department of Social Protection

2

2

4

Department of the Taoiseach

2

2

Dept of Environment, Community & Local Government

1

2

3

Dept. of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources

8

1

2

11

Donegal County Council

8

15

5

28

Dublin Airport Authority

1

1

Dublin City Council

5

10

2

17

Dublin Institute of Technology

3

3

6

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

4

4

1

9

Dun Laoghaire VEC

1

1

Dundalk Institute of Technology

6

5

3

14

Dungarvan VTOS

1

1

Enterprise Ireland

6

3

2

11

Environmental Protection Agency

13

8

2

23

ESB

26

14

7

47

Failte Ireland

8

6

1

15

Fingal County Council

3

1

12

16

Galway City Council

1

1

Galway County Council

5

13

8

26

Grangegorman Development Agency

1

1

Health Service Executive

38

36

17

91

IDA Ireland

6

8

4

18

Personal Injuries Assessment Board

1

1

Inland Fisheries Ireland

1

1

Irish Medicines Board

1

1

Irish Museum of Modern Art

1

3

4

Irish Sports Council

4

4

Kerry County Council

1

10

1

12

Kerry Education and Training Board

1

5

6

Kildare County Council

1

1

Kildare County Enterprise Board Ltd

1

1

Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board

2

2

Laois County Council

2

1

1

4

Legal Aid Board

2

6

2

10

Leitrim County Council

4

3

3

10

Limerick City Council

7

6

8

21

Limerick County Council

2

2

Limerick Social Services Council Ltd

1

1

Local Government Management Agency

1

1

Louth & Meath Education & Training Board

1

1

Louth County Council

1

1

2

Louth Leader Partnership

1

1

2

Marine Institute

10

9

3

22

Mayo County Council

6

17

6

29

Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB

3

1

4

Muintearas

1

1

2

National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)

1

1

2

National Cancer Control Programme

2

4

6

National Cancer Screening Service

3

1

4

National Concert Hall

1

1

National Gallery of Ireland

1

1

National Museum of Ireland

3

1

4

North & East Kerry Development

4

2

1

7

North Cork Enterprise Board

1

1

North Tipperary County Council

6

8

5

19

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership

1

1

2

Offaly County Council

1

5

1

7

Office of Public Works

10

10

4

24

Office Of The Chief State Solicitor

2

1

3

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General

1

1

Office of the Ombudsman

2

2

Office of the Pensions Ombudsman

2

1

3

Oireachtas Library & Research Service

3

3

Port of Waterford

1

1

2

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council

1

1

Radio Telefis Eireann

1

1

2

Revenue Commissioners

2

4

6

Roscommon County Council

2

3

5

Sligo County Council

8

10

5

23

South Dublin County Council

2

2

4

South Tipperary County Council

1

5

2

8

Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly

1

2

3

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

5

1

1

7

Teagasc

32

32

10

74

TG4

1

1

2

The Douglas Hyde Gallery

1

1

Waterford City Council

3

5

4

12

Waterford County Council

10

9

3

22

Western Development Commission

1

1

Westmeath County Council

1

1

2

Westmeath County Enterprise Board Ltd

1

1

Wexford Arts Centre

1

1

Wexford Local Authorities

6

7

3

16

Wicklow County Council

1

1

Totals

386

414

234

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