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Sunday June 09, 2013 14:44 by notajobbridgesucker
Here is an interesting arcticle i have found on the scambridge.ie website,i find it interesting how joan burton has massaged figures,and is furiously trying to spin something positive out of job bridge.
What could be so positive about robbing what could be a paid job from the poorest of communities,usually the paid work they convert or nullify into unpaid work are of working class and middle class level jobs.
IT ROBS WHAT COULD BE A PAID JOB FROM THE COMMUNITY.
What is so positive about that?The 38% of interns taken on are not 38% per se,but 25% of that 38%,so there is another shady lie from the minister for ''jobs'' or should i say unemployment?
Here is the article below:
'Minister Burton is furiously spinning these figures to give the impression that JobBridge has been a success when in fact the scheme is a failure and is open to much abuse. The underlying figures in this report, together with the figures given previously by Minister Burton in response to Dail questions illustrate the failure of the scheme.
The report suggests that 52% of interns had gained employment from the scheme. This is spin. In her Dail reply to a question she said that the figure for those who had found employment on completion of the scheme was 37%. This tallies with a figure in the report which suggests that 36.2% of those who completed the scheme were in fulltime employment a month after finishing the scheme. Of course, the more time passes, the more people who previously engaged in a JobBridge scheme, will again enter employment. That doesn’t tell us though whether it has anything to do with their internship or not.
The fact that cannot be hidden is that 59% of people do not complete their internship. Again, the report spins this, euphemistically referring to them as internships that ‘were ended before their scheduled timeframe.’
With mass unemployment haunting Ireland, the Government is under pressure to be seen to be doing something about it. Thanks to its continuation of the disastrous austerity policies of the last government, the unemployment rate is now over 14% (a significant underestimation when those who have dropped out of the labour market are taken into account), with youth unemployment closer to 20%. Without the prospect of a job, around 1,000 people are emigrating from Ireland every week.
As part of their election promise to tackle the scourge of unemployment, the Government hyped up a so-called ‘Jobs Programme’. This was downgraded to a ‘Jobs Initiative’ essentially made up of tax cuts for business.
The rules for JobBridge needs to be immediately and vigorously enforced, with a proper vetting process, as opposed to the monitoring of 5% of placements which currently happens. In addition, JobBridge should now be begun to be wound down and replaced by a RealJobs scheme – with real job and apprenticeship opportunities for unemployed people.”
I have been on a job bridge scheme,and i am skeptical of the hiring rate,as there were 3 people including myself taken on a job brige scheme for work,that could have been advertised as paid work for 3 staff members,and none of them were hired after the scheme finished.
This to most employers is a profit making excercise,no more than that. The government would do better trying to attract real work,real investment,and demand companies take on paid staff as opposed to unpaid staff.
This is at huge cost to the government and drives up the welfare bill,its time to cull the quangos.
They rob jobs from the community,and the governement would do better to have real jobs with tax being paid back to government.
The current FF/FG/LAB voters are doing a great disservice to this country!