Written answers

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

JobPath Programme

Photo of John BradyJohn Brady (Wicklow, Sinn Fein)
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196. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if funding for the safe pass is provided for under the JobPath scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5784/19]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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Jobseekers engaged with the JobPath service receive intensive individual support to help overcome barriers to employment and to find jobs. Each person is assigned a personal advisor who assesses their skills, experience, challenges and work goals and agrees a personal progression plan (PPP) that includes a schedule of activities, including relevant training and educational programmes to assist them in finding full-time sustainable employment. There are no barriers to any participants pursuing training, provided they are relevant to the agreed personal progression plan.

The JobPath providers arrange for the delivery of a broad range of education and training courses with a particular and strong focus on upskilling the long term unemployed. Both JobPath providers have their own discretionary funds available to pay for these training courses (including Safe Pass ). Some of these courses are provided in-house while others are provided by external specialist training providers.

I trust this clarifies matters for the Deputy.


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