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Employment Schemes

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 June 2022

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Questions (1096)

Claire Kerrane


1096. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Social Protection when JobPath referrals are due to end given that the scheme was due to end in December 2021 and was extended by six months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29342/22]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

New referrals to the JobPath employment advisory service will end on the 30th of June 2022. Individuals who have been referred to JobPath will finishes their engagement period with the service.

In December 2021, in light of the continuing adverse impacts of Covid-19 and on foot of extending the period of consultation with the relevant stakeholders in connection with the procurement processes currently underway, it was agreed to extend all contracted employment services for the long term unemployed - the Local Employment Services, the Job Clubs and JobPath - for a further twenty six weeks until the end of June 2022.

This measure was taken in order to ensure that the public employment service has sufficient capacity to support those impacted by the pandemic with access to employment services.  LES and Job Club contractors have been offered a further extension to end August 2022.