Written answers

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

JobPath Programme

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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213. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the way in which JobPath is operating in the context of Covid-19 restrictions; the number of persons referred to the scheme since 1 March 2020 to date in October 2020, by service provider and location. [30745/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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Referrals to all activation services, including those provided by the JobPath providers, were suspended in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In parallel with the Intreo service, our contracted public employment services, including JobPath and the Local Employment Services, resumed activation for new referrals in June.

My officials were in contact with the various contracted employment services to ensure they are aware of and adhering to the appropriate guidelines while engaging with referrals in the context of the public health crisis. My Department has continued to liaise with the JobPath providers throughout the pandemic and they are engaging with their clients by phone, email and other electronic means where possible. Contracted services will where appropriate facilitate face to face meetings in line with HSE guidelines should any client require it.

It is vital to continue to engage with the long term unemployed and other cohorts to ensure they do not become further distant from the labour market. This is being undertaken with due regard to public health requirements.

The number of clients engaged with each JobPath provider by county since 1 March 2020 to the end of September 2020 is:

County Clients commencing engagement with Jobpath Mar-Sep 2020 (YTD)
Cavan 306
Donegal 706
Dublin 2887
Galway 643
Kildare 154
Leitrim 162
Longford 215
Louth 571
Mayo 307
Meath 408
Monaghan 161
Offaly 215
Roscommon 117
Sligo 334
Westmeath 390
Seetec Total 7576
Turas Nua
County Clients commencing engagement with Jobpath Mar-Sep 2020 (YTD)
Carlow 358
Clare 476
Cork 1255
Galway 22
Kerry 689
Kildare 417
Kilkenny 299
Laois 368
Leitrim 51
Limerick 661
Offaly 194
Tipperary 562
Waterford 590
Wexford 942
Wicklow 533
Turas Nua Total 7417
Grand Total 14993

I trust this clarifies the matter for the deputy.


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