Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Youth Employment Initiative
409. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of the youth employment support scheme; the number of persons who participated in the scheme since it was launched; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30418/19]
The Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS) was introduced on Monday 1 October 2018 and has been open to applications from that date.
YESS is a work experience programme, targeted at young jobseekers who are long-term unemployed or who face significant barriers to employment. The scheme aims to provide participants with the opportunity to learn basic work and social skills in a supportive environment while on a work placement.
A total of 339 jobseekers have participated on YESS since its inception, with 190 participating currently.
I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.