Sunday, 20 August, 2017

What Next : Where can I find apprenticeships & training opportunities?




JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme (NIS) is a Government initiative, designed to offer jobseekers who are on the Live Register and have been in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit or signing on for credits for at least 3 months, the opportunity to enhance their current skills and develop new ones. The duration of individual internship positions will be a 6 month or a 9 month placement. If you take up an internship you will keep their social welfare payment and will get an extra €50 per week. The National Internship Scheme starts on 1 July 2011 and will be open for 2 years until 30 June 2013. If an individual commences on a scheme on the 29th June 2013 for 6 months they will be allowed finish up to the expiry date 28th December 2013.  All recruitment of participants must take place during this period. The National Internship Scheme is part of the National Employment Action Plan (NEAP) and is being used by the Department of Social Protection as a means of activating unemployed people.

Is there an allowance?

You will receive an internship allowance that is equal to your current social welfare allowance (at time of commencement on the scheme) plus an additional €50 per week top-up which will be paid by the Department of Social Protection (DSP). This top-up will be paid for the duration of the internship. All payments of the Internship Allowance will be made directly to the intern. Visit for further information.

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