Minister Burton launches 'Working for Work' information booklet for jobseekers


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The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D. today (Friday, 14th June, 2013) launched the 20th edition of the 'Working for Work' booklet produced by the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU).  The booklet, which is an annual publication, brings together a wide range of information on supports available for unemployed people seeking to return to work, education or training.

This booklet is produced with financial support from the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Education and Skills.  Some €244,000 is being provided this year to the INOU towards the cost of maintaining its welfare rights and information unit, administration, utilities and the overhead costs associated with the production of the booklet. 

Speaking at the launch in the offices of the INOU, Minister Burton cited the importance of the annual publication, stating: "The INOU is an important partner in the provision of accurate, independent, comprehensive and user friendly information to customers of the Department of Social Protection including jobseekers and to those working within communities to address social exclusion."

The booklet is used by jobseekers nationwide, people in receipt of welfare payments and people who are experiencing poverty and social exclusion.  It is distributed to, and used by, statutory and community sector organisations providing a wide range of services and supports.

This latest edition outlines entitlements with regard to social welfare payments as well as providing valuable information and advice on the options and opportunities available to jobseekers and other unemployed people who are seeking to join or re-enter the labour market.  It provides useful information for those jobseekers who wish to pursue further education and training as well as advice on job searching, tax and other social services provided by other Government Departments and agencies.  It includes practical examples of the benefits of participating in such initiatives.

Minister Burton spoke of the Government's commitment to ensure that those who are unemployed are provided with appropriate advice, support, education and training to take advantage of new job opportunities as the economy recovers. 

"I am particularly pleased to see that this edition includes comprehensive information on my Department's key initiatives aimed at supporting jobseekers to find a job or return to work. It reflects the fundamental reform in the way my Department now supports jobseekers – the transformation of the Department from the passive benefits provider of old to one that actively engages with jobseekers to help them back to work. This year, my Department is spending more than €1 billion to provide work, training and education places and supports which will benefit approximately 85,000 people."

This latest edition of 'Working for Work' includes information on the 

  • The new Intreo service being rolled out across the country.  Intreo is a key element of Pathways to Work, the Department's strategy to help jobseekers back into the workforce and ensure that as many new job opportunities as possible are filled by those on the Live Register;
  • JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme which provides an opportunity for people to get critical work experience – a foot on the ladder after training, apprenticeship or graduation.
  • Community Employment Schemes and Tús, which offer work opportunities in the community for people who have been long-term unemployed;
  • The Momentum Skills Programme  which provides free education and training projects for up to 6,500 long-term unemployed jobseekers. Courses funded under this initiative are in areas of specific skills needs, identified by the FÁS Skills and Labour Market Research Unit as well as the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs.

An electronic version of the publication is also produced in PDF format. This is available on both the INOU website www.inou.ie and the Department's website www.welfare.ie .

The Minister wished the INOU continued success with 'Working for Work' and with their role in supporting people who are unemployed and seeking to return to employment.

ENDS

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