Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Ceisteanna (342)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

342. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a decision to refer a person (details supplied) to the JobPath scheme will be reviewed in view of the fact they have recently completed higher level education with distinction and now wish to pursue further high level education in order to secure employment in their chosen industry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28303/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

As the Deputy will be aware, the primary goal of the Department’s activation services is to move people from long-term unemployment to full-time and sustained employment.

My Department refers long-term job seeking customers to the JobPath service to receive one-to-one intensive and regular engagement with a personal adviser who will assess their skills, experience, challenges and work goals and agree a “personal progression plan” that includes a schedule of activities, including relevant training and educational programmes to assist them in finding full-time sustainable employment. There are no barriers to any participants pursuing training, including further education and training courses, providing they are relevant to the agreed personal progression plan

All persons in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance must be capable of, available for and actively seeking full time employment. The Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act 2005, as amended, specifies that participation in activation meetings is mandatory

In regard to the individual case raised by the Deputy, this person has already availed of the Department’s Back to Education Allowance scheme while completing a third level course. Any client engaged with the JobPath service who wishes to make a further application for support under this scheme is entitled to do so. If their application is approved and awarded, they then will be released from the JobPath service.

Until such time as an application for the Back to Education Allowance scheme is made the individual must engage and actively participate with the JobPath service.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.