First Steps Youth Developmental Internship - Information for Host Organisations


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  1. What is the First Steps?
  2. How does First Steps differ from the existing JobBridge Scheme?
  3. What are the benefits of taking on an intern?
  4. Do I pay the intern?
  5. How do I get involved and provide a placement under the First Steps scheme?
  6. What happens next?

What is the First Steps?

First Steps is one of many youth focused actions that Ireland has committed to delivering under the Irish Youth Guarantee.

The European Commission is providing co-funding to the First Steps - YDI. First Steps - YDI is jointly backed by the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) and the European Social Fund (ESF) and Department of Social Protection on an equal funding basis. For the period 2015 - 2017 the allocation from each of the ESF and YEI is €7.9m approx.

First Steps is a work placement scheme aimed at 18-24 year olds, who are signing on the live register and who have limited or no experience of work, in particular, those young people who would find it difficult to progress through candidate screening in a typical recruitment process. The objective is to provide young people with an opportunity to learn and develop various work skills and gain relevant workplace experience.

The scheme criteria is similar in many ways to JobBridge, such as:

  • Placements are for 6 or 9 months.
  • Interns will receive an allowance of €52.50 per week on top of their social welfare entitlement.
  • Host Organisation selects the potential intern(s).
  • A Mentor is appointed to support the intern.
  • Both parties abide by a written Standard Agreement.
  • Monthly compliance must be completed.
  • Provide a reference for the intern on finishing.


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Last modified:13/03/2015