Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (700)

Pádraig O'Sullivan


700. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if consideration has been given to assist those completing their term on community employment schemes to transition to alternative programs or assist with gaining full-time employment in the field they have been working in through the scheme in cases in which they have a desire to stay in that field; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52977/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The Community Employment Scheme (CE) is an active labour market programme designed to enhance the employability of disadvantaged and unemployed people by providing work experience and training opportunities for them within their communities.  The programme helps break the cycle of unemployment and improve a person’s chances of returning to the labour market.

The programme is delivered through independent Community Employment Sponsoring Bodies.  The Department gives financial support to these Sponsoring Bodies in the form of allowances and funding to assist with the Community Employment programme, for example participant wages, supervisor  grants, materials grants and specific skills training grants.

Participation on CE is intended to be for a temporary fixed-term.  On completion of a CE Scheme participants are referred to my Department’s activation areas who work with them to ensure that the benefits of the experience and training received during his time on CE are maximised.  Case Officers will engage with clients on an ongoing basis and work with them to agree a personal progression plan (PPP) and support them in order to avail of all reasonable employment opportunities offered to them.