Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Department of Social Protection
58. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the number of young persons under 26 years of age currently on the MOMENTUM programme; the number of these in receipt of the €160 per week rate; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41946/15]
There are currently 331 clients under the age of 26 on the Momentum Programme, 152 of which receive the weekly rate of €160.
Momentum is an initiative which provides education and training to assist long-term unemployed people gain the skills needed to access work in sectors of the economy where there are job opportunities. All Momentum education and training projects are free. There are full and part-time projects available. Projects are from level 3 to 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) or to an industry-required certification.
Momentum provides eligible jobseekers with: access to a range of quality education and training projects; links to identified job vacancies and employers; work placement and support; Industry and NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) Certification.
Some Momentum projects are specifically for unemployed people under 25 years of age. Participants continue to get a jobseekers payment while on the project. Momentum participants aged under 26 who move from an age-related reduced rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance will get a top-up rate of €160 per week (any means that they have will be deducted from this rate).