JobPath is the Government’s new programme of labour market activation aimed specifically at the long-term unemployed and those most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed. JobPath will be delivered by third party providers of employment services under contract to the Department.
On 12 December 2013, the Department published a contract notice inviting tenders for the provision of JobPath services. JobPath will be delivered in four contract areas that are based on the Department’s current divisional structure. The closing date for receipt of tenders is 28 February 2014. The cost of JobPath is dependent upon the price agreed following the tendering process. JobPath is a payment by results model and as such the cost of JobPath is also dependent upon the number of individuals that JobPath providers place into sustained employment. Taking account of the time required for the tender evaluation process and the service establishment phase it is expected that JobPath will become operational towards the end of 2014.