Housing charity increases the number of internships available

Ireland’s leading housing charity is pleased to announce it is increasing the number of internships it is creating in the Government’s new National Internship Scheme,’ JobBridge’. Respond Housing Association is advertising internships in a variety of different areas including human resources, education, mental health, environmental awareness and working with older people. The internships will last for a period of nine months and the housing charity hopes to create further opportunities in the future.

According to Respond spokesperson Aoife Walsh, the charity is delighted to be part of the National Internship Scheme as it ties in very closely with the ethos of the organisation.
“Respond has always believed in creating opportunties for our residents and the new National Internship Scheme is doing this on an even larger scale for jobseekers in the wider community. We hope that we will be able to provide jobseekers the opportunity to work in a variety of different areas that will not only benefit them but will also be of value to the organisation. We believe jobseekers will contribute fresh ideas to our work in the community and we are pleased to be part of this Government initiaitive. We are currently recruiting interns in five different areas including human resources, education, mental health, environmental awareness and working with older people. We will have completed the recruitment process by the end of August and look forward to welcoming new interns to the organisation in September.”

Respond is hoping this will be the first round of internship recruitment and that the organisation will be in a position to announce further internships later in the year. The housing charity believes the National Internship Scheme is an exciting new way of getting people back into the workforce where they can learn new skills, as well as gain valuable experience.

“We believe this is a great opportunity for both Respond and the successful interns as it will allow us access recent graduates or jobseekers with fresh ideas, as well allowing interns develop a foundation of experience” added Walsh. “Many of the interns will be based in our Head Office in Waterford which is positive for the city given recent business and factory closures. The National Internship Scheme will keep unemployed people close to the labour market and incease their employability in the future. Respond is happy to contribute to the national activation agenda by creating these quality internships and look forward to creating even more internships in the future” concluded Walsh.

The National Internship Scheme, which consists of 5,000 places, will give individuals on the Live Register the opportunity to undertake a quality internship in an organisation in the private, public or community and voluntary sectors for a six month or nine month period. Interns will receive an allowance of €50 per week in addition to their existing social welfare entitlement. This allowance will be payable for the duration of the internship. Further information on the internships is available on our website or by emailing recruit@respond.ie

Students outside UCD can now obtain UCD degree through distance learning

For the first time the School of Applied Social Science in University College Dublin (UCD) is offering a Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) degree with a distance learning option. Students outside of Dublin can now obtain a BSS degree in Housing and Community Studies from UCD without having to commute or relocate to the capital. This unique degree, which is delivered by UCD and Respond Houisng Association, is the only one of its kind in Ireland. The degree provides a greater understanding of Irish society in terms of the relationship between housing, community and social policy. With the new distance learning option, the part-time degree is now ideal for those with busy lifestyles who wish to save time and expense travelling to and from lectures.

According to Joanne Richards, BSS in Housing and Community Studies Programme Leader, the extension of the degree will make it easier for students outsideof Dublin to combine work, study and other commitments.
“Respond and UCD have been offering this degree for almost 10 years, with a large number of students from outside of Dublin participating. As this is a part-time programme for mature students taking place over four years, we believe the distance learning option will facilitate those outside of Dublin who may find it difficult to commute, work and study.”

Through the use of video conferencing, students will be able to attend lectures in designated distance learning centres in Cork, Galway and Waterford. Lectures will be delivered in Dublin on the UCD Campus in Belfield or the Respond campus in Drumcondra. Tutorials will then be held on a regular basis at various venues throughout the country. Both UCD and Respond believe that video conferencing and other online media will allow for full student participation and interaction amongst those on campus and those located at the designated distance learning centres.

“Both UCD and Respond offer comprehensive learner support, including one-on-one personal tutorials with our team of experienced tutors and lecturers” said Richards. “Students outside of Dublin can now achieve a UCD BSS degree thanks to new technologies. Online tutorials, podcasts, downloadable lectures and participation in discussion forums means the learning experience has been expanded and broadened to the benefit of all students. New media means students and lecturers can communicate easily with each other and constantly stay in touch. UCD and Respond are simply managing and responding to the needs of part-time students in these changing times” concluded Richards.

The Bachelor of Social Studies in Housing and Community Development is the only degree of its kind in Ireland. It is aimed at adult learners seeking a flexible part-time programme that enables a positive work life balance while providing the opportunity to return to third level education. Further information can be obtained by visiting our website or emailing bsscourse@respond.ie