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 firstname.lastname@example.org