Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Departmental Data

Claire Kerrane (Roscommon-Galway, Sinn Fein)
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429. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons who are currently engaged with the JobPath scheme. [44348/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware my Department provides a range of activation supports catering for long-term unemployed jobseekers and those most distant from the labour market to secure and sustain full-time paid employment. These supports include the JobPath service, which assists people who are long-term unemployed to obtain and sustain paid employment.

There are two phases to the JobPath service. During the first phase, of 12 months duration, a personal advisor (PA) provides practical assistance in searching, preparing for, securing and sustaining employment. The second phase starts if the jobseeker is successful in finding work. During this phase the PA continues to work with the client for a further period of up to 12 months. In addition to the two phases, jobseekers may also undertake training while with the service and this may extend the period the jobseeker is supported through the service for up to a further 6 months.

There are currently some 39,691 people engaged with the JobPath service across the two phases.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

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