Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (632)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

632. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if JobPath participants can have safe pass paid on their behalf to increase their chances of securing employment; if so, the process and criteria in place in implementing such requests; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51594/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Jobseekers engaged with the JobPath service receive intensive individual support to help overcome barriers to employment and to find jobs. Each person is assigned a Personal Advisor who assesses their skills, experience, challenges and work goals and agrees a Personal Progression Plan (PPP) that includes a schedule of activities, including relevant training and educational programmes to assist them in finding full-time sustainable employment. There are no barriers to any participants pursuing training, provided they are relevant to the agreed Personal Progression Plan.

The JobPath providers arrange for the delivery of a broad range of education and training courses with a particular and strong focus on upskilling the long term unemployed. Both JobPath providers have their own discretionary funds available to pay for these training courses. If a JobPath participant expresses an employment preference that involves working in the construction sector the Personal Advisor checks whether they hold a current Safe Pass. If there is no Safe Pass held or it requires renewal, the Personal Advisor may refer the participant to an external training specialist provider and pay the cost involved.

I trust this clarifies matters for the Deputy.