JobBridge is finally set to be replaced with a new edition that will see a much needed focus on skills and paying what its deemed to be the minimum wage.
The new programme was decribed by Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar. He announced the closure of JobBridge to new applications from Friday but confirmed that the controversial JobBridge ‘served its purpose’.
“The programme will close to new applications from this Friday and will be wound down. Those currently on the programme will be able to complete their internship,”
Varadkar said the JobBridge replacement “will focus on the medium to long-term unemployed, have a stronger focus on skills and training, and should provide at least the minimum wage.”