The JobBridge Whitewash: Evaluating Incompetence

The Flame By Unite Youth Dublin


In 2013 the Department of Social Protection commissioned a report by Indecon International Economic Consultants to evaluate the effectiveness of the JobBridge internship programme. When evaluating labour activation measures, such as JobBridge, the three main issues of concern according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) are the following:

  • Deadweight- this is the participation of young people in the scheme who would have found paid employment without it.
  • Substitution- this is companies replacing paid staff with the unpaid interns
  • Displacement- this is the loss of jobs in other enterprises due to the competitive advantage given to organisations using the internship programme (O’Higgins 2001, 111)

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