Minister of State Kevin Humphreys visits JobBridge Interns at Enclave Technologies

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Today 1 May 2015, Kevin Humphreys, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection with responsibility for Employment, Community and Social Support visited Enclave Technologies, Calmount Park, Ballymount, Dublin 12. Enclave Technologies are pleased to have employed two excellent employees from the JobBridge scheme.

Enclave Technologies are an IT Service Provider based in Dublin 12. They deliver integrated end to end solutions backed by a comprehensive, expert project delivery and well considered strategic advice. For the last 10 years they have provided highly successful IT projects for Irish businesses. Enclave employs 19 full time skilled staff including Engineers, Project managers, IT and Business System consultants.

Speaking to the management and staff at Enclave Technologies, Minister Humphreys said, "I’m delighted to be here today at Enclave Technologies to thank you for participation in the JobBridge scheme. Internships are necessary to meet the need of Jobseekers who can’t find a Job without experience and can’t get experience without a job. JobBridge is one of the Department of Social Protection many schemes to help people find or return to work. When taken up a JobBridge internship people have an opportunity to learn but also to demonstrate their talents and skills, employers like Enclave can see how suitable the intern is for their organisation while the intern gains valuable experience."

"The most recent Central Statistics Office data shows that unemployment has fallen from a crisis peak of 15.1% to 10% now. This is still too high, which is why I am determined to increase the pace of the progress we are making. Employers are absolutely central to this, every time an employer can create a job they help us take one more step towards a sustained economic recovery."

Managing Director of Enclave Technologies, Peter Hennessy said "Enclave’s involvement with JobBridge commenced late 2011 , taking on our first participant in January 2012 on a 9 month internship. As a growing organisation Jobbridge has been an invaluable scheme for Enclave with two out of our three JobBridge participants attaining full time employment directly with us and the other a technical role elsewhere. JobBridge enables participants to gain practical experience and show their strengths. It allows us the employer an extended trial to ensure that the participant is the right fit for our business. We put a full mentoring system in place with roles and responsibilities clearly defined to make sure all participants get the most out of their internship time. We were very lucky with our participants; both having completed Computer related degree program’s in their own time, they approached their internships with enthusiasm and dedication and now have the reward of full time employment. We are on the lookout for our next participant and look forward to a successful relationship with the JobBridge team into the future.

"Enclave provides end-to-end IT services for all your technology needs. Our IT Director to Desktop service ensures our customers get the most from their Information Systems. Our ability to combine the most robust Infrastructure and the right software helps improve our customer’s efficiency, profitability and competitiveness. We employ 19 staff and have been in operation for just over 10 years."

An internship provides the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a working environment to those looking to explore or gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter into a particular career field. JobBridge provides work experience placements for interns for a 6 month or 9 month period.

The Department of Social Protection has extended the JobBridge Internship scheme to those in receipt of Blind Persons Pension, Deserted Wives Benefit/Allowance, Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension and Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Non Contributory Pension.

Department of Social Protection
1 May 2015
Last modified:01/05/2015