County Longford has the second lowest number of JobBridge interns in the country, with 37 people currently participating. Three of these interns are attached to public sector bodies.
The figures came to light after Fianna Fáil TD for Longford/Westmeath, Robert Troy submitted a request to the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, asking for figures to be provided.
In her response, the minister stated: “Since JobBridge came into operation on 1st July, 2011, 169 individuals have participated on JobBridge in County Longford. Thirty seven individuals are currently on internships, 132 individuals have finished their internship. While there is no specific information on these cases, data from the recent Indecon Evaluation Report indicate that, overall, 61% have progressed into paid employment. In this regard, the progression outcomes into employment from JobBridge are among the very best in Europe.
Leitrim is the county with the lowest number of JobBridge participants, with 30 active internships at present and 74 completed to date. In contrast, there are currently 1,968 interns in Dublin, which also has 5,785 completions, and Cork has 565 active internships with 1,617 completions to date.