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Galway companies and applicants to benefit.

Fine Gael Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has urged Galway companies to get involved in the Government’s new internship scheme, which will provide 5,000 places for people who are unemployed and are struggling to access the jobs market.

“In the current climate, you can’t get a job, without experience, and you can’t gain experience without getting a leg in the door of a company – this scheme breaks that vicious cycle. On the other hand, companies will benefit from the new blood, creativity and enthusiasm coming into them.

The range of companies and organisations based in Galway – either community, voluntary, private or public – that can benefit from this is astounding. I hope people enter into the spirit of the scheme.

“I urge Job seekers and employers across Galway to check out this new scheme. It will be hugely beneficial for participants on both sides. I would be hopeful that many of the interns who are taken on will become full time employees in the long run.

Anyone who has been on the Live Register for at least three months is eligible to apply for the scheme. Internships will run for six or nine months and the interns will receive an allowance of €50 a week, on top of their existing social welfare entitlements. This top-up will be covered by the Department of Social Protection, meaning there will be no additional cost for employers.