I’m on a rant, it’s been a while since I’ve ranted on the blog but this topic needs to be talked about. JobBridge (National Internship Scheme) for those who don’t know is this:
“An internship provides the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a working environment to those looking to explore or gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter into a particular career field.
JobBridge provides work experience placements for interns for a 6 month or 9 month period. It’s aim is to assist in breaking the cycle where jobseekers are unable to get a job without experience, either as new entrants to the labour market after education or training or as unemployed workers wishing to learn new skills.
Interns will receive an allowance of €50 per week on top of their social welfare entitlement. This will be payable for the period of the internship.”
What really got my back up is this JobBridge ‘opportunity’ for a Special Needs Assistant. So now it’s OK to ’employ’ people without experience to look after children with special needs? This isn’t fair on either the Intern or the child. These children need someone qualified and/or experienced looking after them. They need stability and understanding. It’s difficult enough for a child with special needs going through the education system and they need the right support to help them. Not just someone who has been plucked off the dole so the numbers on the live register go down for a few months. Now I’m not saying that the Intern will be rubbish at the ‘job’ but what if they are fantastic and the child gets to rely on this person only for at the end of the scheme for them to have to leave and a new Intern be wheeled in.
When Jono was at school he had a wonderful SNA, she knew about Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism, she knew about scoliosis. She was trained and she knew exactly what to do if a problem arose. One of the teachers in the school complained that she was getting too close to Jono – she was my age and like a second mum to him. So the school took her away from him and gave him a young girl with no training. It was a disaster and one of the reasons he left school after doing his Junior Cert.
Heidi found a JobBridge for a Veterinary Surgeon
The intern will gain practical experience in: A busy veterinary practice. The intern will receive formal/informal training in the following: Wide variety of clinical experience available. Teaching provided by senior vets aimed at bringing suitable candidate to proficiency in routine veterinary general practice procedures such as consulting, neutering, radiography and dentistry. On completion the intern will have attained skills in: Assisting in a very busy Animal Hospital. Meeting and greeting clients and discussing treatments. Communicating with clients.
Please Note: This is an Internship. An allowance of €50 per week will be paid in addition to your current Social Welfare payment.See eligibility criteria above.
Just reading now about the HSE looking for an Intern psychologist.
The JobBridge posting reminds applicants in bold that the position “is an internship” and that the skills required include “excellent written and oral communication skills” as well as being a “good team worker, good problem solving abilities, enthusiastic, reliable and trustworthy”. It adds that no prior experience is required for the position.
This needs to be stopped. Now.