JobPath - Jobseeker Frequently Asked Questions


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  1. What is JobPath?
  2. Who can avail of JobPath? 
  3. How do I get onto JobPath?
  4. What will happen to me on JobPath?
  5. Do I keep my jobseeker's payment while on JobPath?
  6. Do I have to "sign-on" for my jobseeker's payment while on JobPath?
  7. For how long will I be on JobPath?
  8. Is JobPath mandatory?
  9. What will happen if I refuse to participate?
  10. Will I have to take any job?
  11. Do I have to take a job anywhere?
  12. Will JobPath help me to start my own business?
  13. Will JobPath help me after I get a job?
  14. What happens when I finish JobPath and still have no job?
  15. Will the JobPath Company contact my employer when I find work?

  1. What is JobPath?
  2. JobPath is an employment activation service provided to assist jobseekers on the live register to secure and sustain full-time paid employment or self-employment.  The service is provided on behalf of the Department by two companies Seetec and Turas Nua.

  3. Who can avail of JobPath?      
  4. JobPath will provide support for people who are long-term unemployed as well as people who are newly unemployed but who are in particular need of intensive support to find work.

  5. How do I get onto JobPath?
  6. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection will select clients for JobPath on a random basis.  It is not possible to apply to go on JobPath.

  7. What will happen to me on JobPath? 
  8. If you are selected for JobPath you will be referred to a JobPath company.  You will be assigned to a personal advisor who will assess your skills, work experience and work goals.  The advisor will draw up a Personal Progression Plan with you which will include a series of activities and actions designed to help you get a job.  You will be given appropriate training and development opportunities and career advice.  You will be helped with CV and interview preparation.  The advisor will work with you to identify barriers that may be stopping you from working and to help you overcome those barriers.

  9. Do I keep my jobseeker's payment while on JobPath?
  10. Yes.  You will retain your jobseeker's payment while on JobPath but will have to "sign off" if you find work.  

  11. Do I have to "sign-on" for my jobseeker's payment while on JobPath?
  12. Depending on local arrangements the frequency of "signing-on" may be reduced or suspended.

  13. For how long will I be on JobPath?
  14. If selected, you will be referred to the JobPath programme for fifty two (52) weeks.  This period may be extended under certain circumstances.

  15. Is JobPath mandatory? 
  16. Yes, participation on JobPath will be mandatory for all jobseekers who are selected by the Department.

  17. What will happen if I refuse to participate?
  18. A range of sanctions, including disqualification, closure or disallowance of your jobseeker claim may be imposed if you fail to participate on JobPath.  Reduced payments (known as penalty rates) may be imposed by the Department's Deciding Officers if you fail, without good cause, to comply with activation measures.

  19. Will I have to take any job?
  20. You are expected to undertake any reasonable offer of suitable employment.  Your personal advisor will discuss job offers with you.

  21. Do I have to take a job anywhere?
  22. You are expected to undertake any reasonable offer of suitable employment.  The offer of employment must have regard to your location and any commuting considerations.  Your personal advisor will discuss job offers with you.

  23. Will JobPath help me to start my own business?
  24. Yes.  Personal advisors will give you support and guidance if you wish to start your own business. 

  25. Will JobPath help me after I get a job?
  26. The companies will continue to support you while you are in work (up to one year). In particular they will assist you with the transition from unemployment to employment and support you during the first critical weeks of your new job.  

  27. What happens when I finish JobPath and still have no job?
  28. If you complete the JobPath programme and are still unemployed you will be assessed by your local Intreo Centre to see what is the best activation approach for you. 

  29. Will the JobPath Company contact my employer when I find work?
  30. At the outset of your participation with the JobPath service, your personal advisor will ask for your consent to allow the company to contact your employer or prospective employers on your behalf. You are not obliged to give this consent to the JobPath provider, and can withdraw your consent at any time, However by giving them permission to contact employers you allow the JobPath company who work with employers and employers bodies to identify suitable job opportunities for you and to forward your CV and job applications directly to employers where appropriate. The permission also allows the JobPath company to follow up with the employer if required when you find a job for the purpose of supporting you in early days of your new job and in the case where other opportunities arise for you, to help you to move to another role or area within the business. This also enables the JobPath Company to confirm details of the employment to the Department

Last modified:20/09/2018
 

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