Thursday, 7 November 2019
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
211. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if an extended placement on the Tús programme will be provided in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45965/19]
Tús commenced operation in 2011 as a response to the high level of unemployment and the large numbers on the Live Register. It is recognised by Government that Tús is a positive initiative that enables the long-term unemployed to make a contribution to their communities whilst up-skilling themselves for prospective future employment. The initiative helps break the cycle of long-term unemployment by providing a work routine and valuable work experience.
Tús provides work placements for a twelve month period for those who have been on the Live Register for one year or more. There are no circumstances under which a person’s term on Tús can be extended beyond one year and it is considered to be optimal in meeting the scheme’s objectives.
If a person is interested in pursuing a work placement with training and development opportunities, it is open to them to apply for a placement on a Community Employment (CE) scheme.
CE participants aged between 21 and 55 years participate on a CE scheme for one year. This can be extended by up to 2 additional years if they are engaged in a recognised training or education award that is helping them progress towards employment. CE participants aged 55 and over can avail of 3 consecutive years on a CE scheme.