- Eligible Payment
- Payments Not Eligible for support
- Selection Process
- The Application Process
- The Payment process
This scheme is designed to fund quick access to short term training or related interventions, obtain/renew certification/permits for individual jobseekers that have identified work opportunities or where Case Officers have identified an immediate skills gap that represents an obstacle to taking up a job offer or accessing other activation interventions.
The scheme is not intended as a direct replacement for the Technical Employment Support Grant (TESG) nor is it designed to substitute training and activation measures that are provided under other programmes and agencies (Solas/Education Training Boards) or actions that are funded as part of other programmes.
- A maximum amount of €500 per annum may be made available within a 12 month period for each Jobseeker, where appropriate. This is the overall total for each jobseeker, regardless of the number of courses sought/required.
- The maximum contribution that can be approved and paid for essential driver training is €250. Driving tuition for HGV/Rigid/Bus should be considered as a separate intervention within these guidelines. Driving tuition should only be funded when there is clear evidence of potential employment.
3. Eligible Payments
The primary focus of this scheme is on jobseekers and on supporting the activation policy of the Department.
Primary Eligible Payments
- Jobseeker's Allowance and Jobseekers Transition (incl. Casuals)
- Jobseeker's Benefit (incl. Casuals)
Other Eligible Payments/Schemes
- One Parent Family Payment
- Signing for credits
- Blind Pension
- Deserted Wife's Benefit (DWB)
- Farm/Fish Assist (FA)
- Disability Allowance
- Widows/Widowers Contributory or Non-Contributory Pension
- Illness Benefit for 6 months or more
- Qualified Adults of Jobseekers payment, who are job seeking.
Case officers may also support jobseekers who are participating on one of the Department's funded work placement programmes – as set out below – or where a person on another DSP payment, not listed above other than State pension, have an identified work/activation opportunity.
4. Payments Not Eligible for support
Employees whose employers are supported under the following DSP funded programme are not eligible as they are NOT considered to be jobseekers for the purposes of this scheme or training is already being provided as part of the scheme (as in the case of CE).
- Community Services Programme
- Community Employment Scheme
5. Selection Process
A Case Officer can approve a grant under this scheme where:
- During the course of an interview, a training need is identified that is not otherwise provided by DSP directly or any other state provider (such as Solas/ETB's, Teagasc), within a reasonable length of time or at a location convenient to the jobseeker.
- The intervention identified is linked to both the activation needs of the jobseeker and labour market conditions.
- The intervention sought by the jobseeker forms part of the agreed personal progression or action plan to enter/re-enter the labour market.
- They are satisfied that the jobseeker has provided reasonable evidence or grounds of need (for example in the form of a job offer or of a potential job offer) or an identified skill gap or a requirement to maintain or achieve accreditation (for example, safe pass, driving licences, HACCP, security industry permits).
6. The Application Process
- Training providers will be required to submit quotations for the full amount. The Case Officer should advise the jobseeker of the grant amount available.
- All applications/referrals for support must be made via a case officer.
- Customer should provide a quotation from a provider for the measure for which funding is sought. The quoted cost of the measures should be compared to a list of costs maintained in the division to ensure that costs are in line with expectation and to ensure best value for money is being achieved. Case officer should also consider the location of the course and distance the customer has to travel.
7. The payment process
Payment can be approved when the applicant attends the programme, undertakes the relevant assessments and achieves certification OR does not achieve certification but the trainer and applicant confirm applicant undertook full assessment but did not meet the standard required.
- The grant should only be paid after the applicant completes the programme, undertakes the relevant assessments and achieves certification OR does not achieve certification but the trainer confirms applicant undertook the full assessment but did not meet the standard required.
- Invoices should indicate the VAT or other TAX Reference Number of the supplier. The overall amount should be shown less any participant contribution or third party funding
- Providers must be located on the island of Ireland.