Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1271)

John Brady

Question:

1271. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of the progress of the youth employment support scheme; the number of persons aged from 18 to 24 years of age who have signed up to the scheme; the number of businesses and-or organisations that have signed up to provide placements; the amount spent on the scheme since its introduction; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13424/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS) was introduced on Monday 1st October 2018 and has been open to applications since that date.

YESS is targeted at young jobseekers aged between 18 and 24 who are long-term unemployed or who face barriers to employment. The scheme aims to provide jobseekers with the opportunity to learn basic work and social skills in a supportive environment while on a work placement. The scheme provides a supportive structure for participants, including case worker support for both Placement Hosts and jobseekers.

Since the scheme's launch, a total of 172 jobseekers have accepted and benefited from a YESS placement. 341 YESS vacancies have been offered by more than 290 organisations. The Department is continues to work with these employers to fill the remaining vacancies.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.