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Seanad Éireann - Private Members Business 
Wednesday 15 November 2017

That Seanad Éireann

         -The significant involvement of private, profit making companies in the operation of JobPath where tax payers’ money is used

        -that the method and manner in which candidates are chosen for inclusion on JobPath very often includes people who are not long-term unemployed

        -That the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection does not publish the individual fees paid to the providers because of commercial sensitivity,  and that this is unacceptable where tax payers’ money is involved

        - that JobPath is also having a detrimental impact on other job activation schemes, Local Employment Services referrals are down across the State and there are issues filling Community Employment places

        - that training and preparation of JobPath participants is inadequate and poorly focused

        - that many of the personal advisors working for JobPath are not adequately trained

        Calls for:

        -The immediate suspension of any further referrals to the JobPath scheme

        -Transparency of the contract between the Government and these private companies that deliver a public service is needed

        -Increased funding to other back to employment schemes such as Rural Social -Scheme, Community Employment and Local Employment Service.

[Senators Rose Conway Walsh, Paul Gavan, Fintan Warfield, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Trevor Ó Clochertaigh, Niall Ó Donnghaile]