JobPath – Employment Activation Programme
JobPath is a new approach to employment activation which caters mainly for people who are long-term unemployed (over 12 months) to assist them to secure and sustain full-time paid employment or self-employment.
Following the completion of a public procurement process, contracts to deliver JobPath have been signed with two companies – Seetec Limited and Turas Nua Limited. These companies will provide JobPath services in two contract areas that are based on the Department’s divisional structure.
- Seetec - West; Midlands North; North East; North West, Dublin Central; Dublin North; Dublin South.
- Turas Nua – Cork Central; South East; Mid-Leinster, Mid-West; South West; Midlands South.
Information on Seetec is available at www.seetec.ie
Information on Turas Nua is available at www.turasnua.ie
On 20 July 2015 the roll-out of JobPath began on a phased basis. As of 5 October 2015, JobPath is available in Longford, Bray, Cork, Galway, Carlow, Naas/Newbridge, Waterford, Mullingar and Cavan. Over the coming weeks the service will be extended to Ennis, Kilkenny, Dundalk, Wexford and Sligo. It is intended that JobPath will be available in all divisions towards the end of the year.
Referral to JobPath
The Department of Social Protection will select jobseekers on a random basis for referral to JobPath. If you are selected for JobPath you will receive a letter inviting you to an information session where you will receive information on the service that will be available to you while on JobPath. Following the information session you will be given an appointment for a one-to-one meeting with an advisor who will work with you over the duration of the programme to help you get a job.
JobPath Services for Jobseekers
Participants on JobPath will receive intensive individual support to help them address barriers to employment and to assist them in finding jobs. They will spend a year on the programme and if they are placed into a job they may continue to receive support for the first year of employment. During their time on JobPath they may also be referred for further education and training opportunities.
Social Welfare Payment
Jobseekers will retain their full social welfare payment while on JobPath. However, failure to engage with the programme may affect a person’s welfare payment. All decisions about client welfare entitlements will be taken by Department officials.
JobPath Services for Employers
The JobPath companies will provide a free service for employers. They will offer employers dedicated recruitment and initial training support. They will work with the Department and with each other to ensure that a coordinated approach is adopted regarding engagement with employers. In addition, in-work support for jobseekers will be provided, especially during the critical first few weeks, to ensure that people have the best chance of making the transition from unemployment to employment.