Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (631)

Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

631. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of referrals to JobPath, community employment schemes and Tús in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by county, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8230/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection provides a range of activation supports catering for long-term unemployed jobseekers and those most distant from the labour market to secure and sustain full-time paid employment. These supports include the JobPath service, Tús and Community Employment (CE). 

The Tús initiative is a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people. These work opportunities benefit the community and are provided by community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas. There are currently 6,500 budgeted places on Tús involved in the delivery of local services.  

The aim of Community Employment is to enhance the employability and mobility of disadvantaged and unemployed persons by providing work experience and training opportunities for them within their communities.  Virtually all participants are engaged in some element of service support and delivery - e.g. amenities management, sports, tidy towns, childcare, etc.. There are currently 921 Community Employment schemes catering for 21,371 participants.

JobPath is a service that supports the long-term unemployed to obtain and sustain paid employment. Between its launch in July 2015 and February 2019, some 209,000 jobseekers have engaged with the service.  The JobPath service is provided for jobseekers only and it's aim is to assist participants in finding sustainable full-time paid employment.   

Since the first of June 2018 long term jobseekers engaged with the JobPath service can also apply for either Community Employment or Tús. This enables those people with the JobPath service to avail of a CE or Tús placement which provides valuable occupational activity and work experience. However, continued engagement with the JobPath service is a condition of opting to avail of both schemes.  

Tús and Community Employment do not, nor are they intended to, provide full-time sustainable employment.

 Table 1; People engaged with JobPath, Annually, by County, since its introduction in 2015  

County

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019 YTD

Carlow

219

1487

1620

1450

89

Cavan

300

1419

1425

1509

90

Clare

183

1630

1689

1424

93

Cork

943

5965

6568

4641

253

Donegal

268

3312

3787

3432

197

Dublin

318

12100

16008

12928

760

Galway

596

2856

3061

2733

173

Kerry

113

2462

2665

1737

113

Kildare

373

2933

3122

1923

111

Kilkenny

198

1243

1511

1122

80

Laois

8

1419

1890

1363

89

Leitrim

4

635

698

623

26

Limerick

397

3344

3451

2771

187

Longford

497

1193

1350

1127

51

Louth

327

2930

3013

2716

147

Mayo

203

1837

2199

2052

118

Meath

136

1262

1631

1439

60

Monaghan

1

905

1086

730

33

Offaly

105

2106

1842

1528

73

Roscommon

5

496

730

698

41

Sligo

2

1023

1137

1067

64

Tipperary

171

2750

3423

2523

134

Waterford

435

2442

2553

1743

116

Westmeath

137

2286

2405

2030

132

Wexford

239

3676

3756

2125

127

Wicklow

410

1714

2060

1850

70

Total

6588

65425

74680

59284

3427

  Table 2; Tús Participants, Annually, by County, since 2015 

County

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019 YTD

Carlow

210

184

144

132

15

Cavan

139

125

100

120

18

Clare

170

130

111

152

14

Cork

924

747

616

612

49

Donegal

493

432

414

361

56

Dublin

1764

1716

1435

1392

119

Galway

503

446

430

432

45

Kerry

249

243

209

243

15

Kildare

277

329

228

206

20

Kilkenny

111

131

105

98

5

Laois

129

111

96

123

6

Leitrim

90

84

86

91

3

Limerick

346

315

279

273

14

Longford

108

81

102

108

6

Louth

249

200

197

201

25

Mayo

334

290

339

293

33

Meath

283

273

253

259

16

Monaghan

115

120

97

100

15

Offaly

181

174

132

160

10

Roscommon

139

148

106

87

13

Sligo

179

135

144

157

16

Tipperary

417

412

380

368

24

Waterford

364

320

315

303

36

Westmeath

139

131

106

127

1

Wexford

363

300

285

347

36

Wicklow

289

279

288

275

33

Total

8565

7856

6997

7020

643

Table 3; Community Employment Participants, Annually, by County, since 2015 

County

2015

2016

2017

2018

To date 2019

Carlow

136

186

191

161

10

CAVAN               

192

174

144

157

14

CLARE          

283

197

197

184

13

CORK                  

1,052

1,016

849

788

90

DONEGAL             

651

567

532

385

27

DUBLIN

2,847

2,690

2,481

2,303

185

GALWAY               

672

621

509

435

39

KERRY               

523

389

394

343

35

KILDARE            

376

358

333

357

23

KILKENNY            

255

205

235

250

28

LAOIS              

183

163

127

120

7

Leitrim

66

70

76

61

1

LIMERICK            

718

497

541

550

42

LONGFORD            

123

97

96

100

13

LOUTH               

558

492

442

346

34

MAYO                

373

280

280

229

27

MEATH               

225

199

180

196

17

MONAGHAN            

242

213

202

177

8

OFFALY         

243

226

181

180

13

ROSCOMMON           

159

118

105

104

7

SLIGO 

224

187

156

164

9

TIPPERARY

562

510

423

376

48

WATERFORD          

497

374

407

373

36

Westmeath

280

211

254

241

15

Wexford

489

395

406

409

48

WICKLOW            

267

277

243

224

22

 Total

12,196

10,712

9,984

9,213

811