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Why Apply?

The Work Placement Programme facilitates your business to take on a person for a work experience placement for a maximum of nine months. While the person is gaining valuable work experience they are also contributing to your business. You have the opportunity to see how they work and if you are in a position to recruit you will have had ample opportunity to determine if they are suitable. 

Who is Eligible?

Businesses in the Public, Private, Community and Voluntary Sector can apply to offer work placements. In your application you will be required to meet certain criteria and to make certain declarations. See Application Guidelines (PDF 42kb) for details.

How to Apply?

Complete the Work Placement Programme online application form

Do I Pay Participants?

Payment of Participants is not a requirement of the programme. Some Participants may be in receipt of a social welfare payment therefore there are restrictions regarding any additional payments they may receive. Participants are required to notify the Department of Social Protection (DSP) of any payments received, and are advised to check that this does not adversely affect their social welfare status and entitlements. For Participants that are not in receipt of any social welfare payment this matter does not arise.

Are there any supports available if I offer a Participant a Job?

Yes. The current Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive scheme, is now being extended into 2012. Under the scheme, if an employer takes on an additional member of staff in 2012 , who had been unemployed for 6 months or more, s/he would be exempted from paying employers’ PRSI for 18 months. The job must be new and additional, be for at least 30 hours a week and last for at least six months. After completing three months on a work placement a Participant may qualify as an ‘eligible worker’ under this scheme. Full details are available on www.welfare.ie  

How many placements can my business/ organisation avail of under WPP?

Please note: All applications for WPP placements in the Education Sector must be submitted by close of on the 7th December 2012. Any applications received after this date will not be accepted for processing.

All placements in the education sector must finish by 28th June 2013

· The number of placements a provider can avail of depends on the number of full time employees that business has.
· The table below presents the approved allocations: -
Number of full time employees
Number of WPP Placements
1-10 employees
1 place
11-20 employees
2 places
21-30 employees
3 places
10% of your workforce to a maximum of 25 places whichever is the smaller
· Local branch offices of national organisations will be regarded as an individual provider for the purpose of the programme.


What if my business exceeds the above allocations, can we take on more participants?

· Yes, the allocation of places to providers is based on a “Rolling”, mechanism.
· If you are an provider with a company that employs between 21-30 people you can avail of three Work Placements at any one time
· If one placement is completed or you decide to employ a person on from that placement, you will automatically be allowed to take on another participant to make up your overall allocation of three


What if one placement finishes and I want to take on a person for the same position, can I do this?

No, you must wait for three months before you can advertise the same position


What if I have taken on a Work Placement Participant as an employee and wish to advertise that same position again?

In this case because you have taken on a permanent staff member from the Work Placement Programme, no 3 month cooling off period will apply.
Last modified:20/12/2012

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