As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is a service designed to support people who are long term unemployed to obtain and sustain employment in the open labour market.
The service is being delivered by Seetec and Turas Nua under a payment by results model, with all costs being borne by the companies themselves. The companies are paid an initial registration fee and thereafter job sustainment fees only. Job sustainment fees are only payable for each 13 week period of sustained employment, up to a maximum of 52 weeks (i.e. 4 payments). The Department was careful in designing the service to ensure that payments to contractors are conditional on people not just finding a job, but finding sustainable employment.
The Agreements entered into between my Department and the JobPath companies include a provision for the engagement of sub-contractors in the delivery of the service. The Agreements further provide that overall responsibility for the performance of the service contract, irrespective of whether the tasks are performed by the Contractor or through sub-contractors, rests with the Prime Contractors that is Seetec and Turas Nua.
Turas Nua delivers the service directly to JobPath clients and has not engaged sub-contractors for the end to end delivery of the service. Seetec provides the JobPath service directly and also through the following sub-contractors: Coláiste De Danann trading as Cenit College; Network Personnel; People 1st Employment and Skills; CMD Group and Skills Team Employment Services. Any expenditure attaching to the provision of the service by these sub-contractors is a matter between Seetec and its sub-contractors.
In addition to the above, it is important to note that both companies engage a range of providers to deliver training and others supports to Jobseekers.