I applied for such a position, as advertised, and was offered a placement with an architectural practice in my locality. Unfortunately, I was told by FÃS that I need to have been in receipt of social welfare benefits for three months before I am eligible to apply. This means a wait of eight weeks at which point the position will have evaporated and I, most likely, will have emigrated.
Am I missing something here? Does this seem like a logical strategy for the government to adopt? I could use those eight weeks to contribute to my, one time, potential employer as well as my CV. Instead I'll spend the next two months enjoying the Irish weather.
Also, this scheme, once implemented seems ripe for abuse by unscrupulous practices. These might have the means to employ graduates but would elect instead to take advantage of the free labour on offer by FÃS. Are the RIAI doing anything to police this?
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