Tipperary Libraries have advertised for 2 interns to do what is basically the work of full time Library Assistants. Unfortunately the experience gained will almost certainly not result in a full time or even part time position since all Local Authorities are subject to the current government imposed recruitment freeze.
The recruitment freeze does explain why Tipperary Libraries might be looking to find new ways to recruit staff, since like many library bodies across the country they will have seen their staff numbers diminish with retirements and the non filling of temporary vacancies due to maternity leave, career breaks etc.
Not having to pay these new staff would obviously be a bonus! Between 2008 and 2011 the budget for Tipperary Libraries has dropped over half a million euro per year (see refs below). If someone started in 2010 as a ‘normal’ library assistant they could expect to earn €23, 188 in their first year. The reductions made in pay by the government mean that someone starting as a ‘normal’ library assistant in 2011 could expect €20,869 per year (source impact.ie). Under Jobbridge that figure will be reduced to between €7,800 and €12, 376 (depending on the age of the ‘intern’) for doing the same work under the same conditions.
To add insult to injury, as well as destroying any credibility that the positions might have in terms of being internships the advertisement on the FAS Jobbridge site list a requirements for Third Level Education – preferable ‘Library and Information Studies’. This is a professional qualification, offered in two places in Ireland – UCD and the Dublin Business School. UCD requires applicants to have at least 6 prior weeks of work experience in a library and the DBS course includes professional placement.
Here is the ad that ran on library.ie:
Tipperary Libraries are offering two library assistant internships under JobBridge, the national internship scheme.
The intern will gain practical experience in a busy branch library receiving on the job training with respect to Customer Service, Services, Library Management Systems and Reporting. The Intern will also gain skills and training in Library Headquarters with respect to Book Acquisitions, Book Processing and Library Systems Management. The Intern will receive full training in all the automated systems from acquisitions to circulation. Full cataloguing training will be provided and the intern can expect to gain extensive experience in this area. The intern will be trained in the use of software that provide us with an online presence through our website, blogs.
The intern will need good communication skills and good IT skills., The ability to work alone or as part of a team is essential. The intern will need to be flexible as we have 12 sites across Tipperary, opening up to 6 days per week. ( 70 hour fortnight,6 day one week, 4 day next week).
On Jobbridge: http://bit.ly/p8PyLN
Tipp Libraries Budgets:
Passion for fashion, food and beauty. Opportunity to gain valuable experience in five star environment.
Not sure if this has been highlighted before - ESB is advertising 29 ‘current vacancies’ but all are internships on their ‘Careers’ website. https://www.candidatemanager.net/esb/
These are/should be REAL jobs that should be advertised, appointed and salaried. Considering increases in their charges, an MD who is one of the highest paid in semi-state companies and rising profits in their international operations this is a disgrace. ESB should not have qualified for internships at all. Please DO NOT use my name OR email address on your website. Thank you.