JobPath is a new programme of employment activation aimed specifically at the long-term unemployed (over 12 months) and those most distant from the labour market.
In order to complement and augment its own directly employed resource capacity and the resource capacity already contracted through Local Employment Service (LES) providers, the Department wishes to procure additional contract capacity from providers with expertise and experience in the provision of employment support or related services.
The Department issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) on 1 July 2013 in which it advised the market that it was considering the potential of contracting third party providers of employment services (JobPath).
The Department held 2 information sessions on 26 July 2013 at which it outlined its thinking in relation to how JobPath might operate. You can view a copy of the presentations by accessing the link on the panel to the right.
On 7 November 2013 Enterprise Ireland hosted a capacity building and networking event for those interested in providing JobPath services.
On 12 December 2013 the Department published a Request for Tenders (RFT) for the provision of employment services (JobPath).
On 9th of January 2014 the Department held a Technical information Session at which a presentation was delivered on the "JobPath Tenderer Bid Spreadsheet".
The closing date for receipt of tenders was 12.00 (noon) UTC/GMT on 28 February 2014.
The RFT (together with details of subsequent revisions and clarifications) is available at the link opposite.
The tender evaluation process is expected to be completed by end April/May 2014.