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Employment Support Services

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 14 July 2021

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Ceisteanna (234)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

234. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Social Protection the engagements she has had with Seetec and or Turas Nua and other similar service providers in respect of expanding their role in the State in respect of employment activation schemes specifically in the area of local employment services and the new pathways to work strategy. [38340/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

Neither I nor my Department have had specific engagement with Seetec or Turas Nua in respect of expanding their current role. Both entities have existing contracts with my Department which provides for referrals of long-term unemployed clients until end-2021.

The Pathways to Work 2021-2025 strategy represents Ireland’s national employment services strategy and overall framework for activation and employment support and was published on the 12th of July.

The procurement of the Intreo Regional Employment Service is distinct and separate from the JobPath service and under the principle of fair and equal treatment in respect of procurement regulations, all entities are free to submit a tender under a Request for Tender.

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