Written answers

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Tús Programme

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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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]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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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.

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