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 I be expected to undertake work experience?
  13. Will JobPath help me to start my own business?
  14. Will JobPath help me after I get a job?
  15. What happens when I finish JobPath and still have no job?

  1. What is JobPath?
  2. JobPath is a new programme of employment activation intended to assist jobseekers to secure and sustain full-time paid employment or self-employment. 

  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 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 I be expected to undertake work experience?
  24. You are expected to undertake any reasonable offer of suitable work experience. Your personal advisor will discuss offers with you.

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

  27. Will JobPath help me after I get a job?
  28. 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.  

  29. What happens when I finish JobPath and still have no job?
  30. 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. 

Last modified:07/07/2015
 

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