Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (941)

Pearse Doherty


941. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if there are circumstances under which a person may have an extension granted to the duration of their participation in a community employment scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24200/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Community Employment (CE) is an active labour market programme designed to provide eligible long term unemployed people and other disadvantaged persons with an opportunity to engage in useful work within their communities on a temporary, fixed term basis. CE helps unemployed people to re-enter the active workforce by breaking their experience of unemployment through a return to a work routine and to assist them to enhance/develop both their technical and personal skills.

The person referred to by the Deputy will have completed 3 years on CE on 5th July 2019. While on CE he undertook training in 360 Excavator Experienced Operator, Safe Pass, Hand Held Pesticide and is currently undertaking the First Aid Response training all of which should benefit him in his endeavours to secure full time sustainable employment.

On completion of his term on CE, Mr Trimble can apply for a Jobseekers payment and he will be supported through the Departments activation measures. Case officers will engage with him, agree a personal progression plan (PPP) and support him to avail of all reasonable employment opportunities offered to him.