MEP asks Government to publish all JobBridge figures26/09/2012 - 07:51:07
The Socialist MEP Paul Murphy has today cast doubt on the success of the Government's JobBridge Scheme.
The scheme, which offers internships to unemployed people within both public and private sector companies, was launched more than a year ago and has more than 7,000 participants.
Yet the latest figures published in May, show that less than 800 people who completed the scheme had gone into full-time employment.
"We want the Government to publish the full figures about what percentage of people drop out, what percentage of people are actually happy with their internship," he said.
"We want to see the facts of this scheme, because there has been a lot of spinning about this scheme, and presenting it as a huge success, which we doubt is the case."
Mr Murphy is launching a public campaign to highlight his concerns today, he said the money is there for the Government to invest in "real" jobs.
"The Government has made a political choice to pay another €1bn to AIB bondholders in a week's time," he said.
"That money could instead be spent on a public investment scheme.
"It could be spent on building necessary schools, necessary hospitals.
"There's many things that need to be done in this country and that could be done with those who are currently unemployed, by paying them decent wages, and would assist in redeveloping the economy, as opposed to the downward spiral that we're in at the moment."
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