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JobPath Programme

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 29 April 2021

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Questions (80)

Claire Kerrane

Question:

80. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Social Protection if those completing community employment are being referred to JobPath later; if so, when this commenced; and the number of persons that have completed community employment have been moved to JobPath. [22475/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Jobseekers currently engaged on a Community Employment (CE) scheme are not eligible for selection for the JobPath service.

When a person completes a period of Community Employment they can avail of my Department's Intreo service for advice and assistance in gaining employment. Should they make a claim for a Jobseeker's payment after completing CE, they will become eligible for referral to external employment services including JobPath. This has been the case since the inception of the JobPath service in 2015

If referred to JobPath the customer will receive one-to-one, intensive and regular engagement with a personal adviser who will assess their skills, experience, challenges and work goals and assist them in finding full-time sustainable employment. This process will also help identify potential employment opportunities and offer support to the individual in overcoming any barriers to employment.

My Department does not currently collect and collate data in relation to persons who commence on the JobPath service and who may at some point have also taken part in a Community Employment scheme.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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