NYCI calls on the Government to undertake a review of JobBridge with a view to reform and enhance the scheme
NYCI believes that internships have a role to play in supporting young people to gain the skills and confidence to secure employment, but only if properly structured and regulated. We supported the proposal to introduce “JobBridge” the National Internship Scheme in 2011. We have however raised concerns about the nature, operation and management of the scheme. In February 2015 we published a report “JobBridge: Stepping Stone or Dead End?” (Detailed below) that explored the views and experiences of young people aged 18-25 who participated in the scheme. Our conclusion was that JobBridge requires significant reform to enhance the experience of participants and increase progression into secure employment. We set out ten recommendations to enhance the scheme and address the deficiencies.
Arising from our research we called for a review and reform of JobBridge. We welcome the decision of Government to conduct an Evaluation of the Suitability, Effectiveness and Relevance of JobBridge. However we hope based on our study that this evaluation involves consultation and discussion with actual participants and is more than a desk research exercise. As the economy recovers and employment grows we must make sure schemes such as JobBridge are of a high quality and are supporting participants into employment.