Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Questions (233)

John Brady


233. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the date on which referrals to JobPath will cease in 2019. [41267/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is a service that supports people who are long-term unemployed to secure and sustain full time paid employment in the open labour market. Two companies, Seetec and Turas Nua, have been contracted by my Department to deliver the service.

The contracts are for six years, comprising two consecutive phases: phase one entails four years’ of client referrals, while phase two entails a ‘run off’ period during which time no additional clients will be referred. Therefore client referrals will cease on 31st December 2019 and the contracts will terminate in 2021. It is important to note that services will be delivered to completion for those clients referred during phase one.

The contracts include options to extend phase one for further periods (up to a maximum of 24 months) at my Department’s discretion. While proposals to extend the contracts are not currently under consideration, my Department will keep the situation under review.

I hope this clarifies matter fro the Deputy.