The Work Placement Programme is a Government supported programme that brings employers and the unemployed together for a nine month work experience placement.
If you are unemployed and have not secured paid work, the programme allows you to apply your skills and gain valuable experience in a workplace setting. This could give you an edge when applying for jobs in the future. Employers benefit from having someone contribute to their business, whilst also enhancing the skills and career prospects of the individual.
How to Apply?
To apply for placements you must be registered, and record your 'expression of interest' in the Work Placement Programme. You can do this at any Employment Service Office.
If you are already registered you can record your 'expression of interest' over the phone by calling Freephone 1800 611 116 or direct call 046 9738000.
Who is Eligible?
Anyone who is unemployed is eligible to apply for the Work Placement Programme.
If you are a graduate with a level 7 qualification you can apply for both the graduate placements (WPP1) and the non-graduate placements (WPP2). Otherwise, you can apply for all non-graduate placements (WPP2).
Do I get paid?
No. The placement is unpaid and voluntary. However, if you are already in receipt of certain social welfare payments, you may be allowed to retain your payment while on a placement.