JobPath providers to be invited to come before Committee – John Brady TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, John Brady TD, has said that JobPath providers Turas Nua and Seetec, will be invited before the Committee on Employment Affairs & Social Protection.
Since its introduction, 151,000 people have been referred to JobPath with 93,000 currently engaged.
Speaking after a Committee hearing on the job activation scheme, Teachta Brady said:
“Today we engaged with Department officials in relation to the operation of and costs associated with JobPath.
“Unfortunately, the officials in attendance were unable to provide the clarity needed on a number of aspects of the scheme, particularly around figures when it comes to sanctions and penalties and when they are used.
“Given the enormous number of issues raised by Committee members, it is absolutely imperative that representatives from Turas Nua and Seetec come before the Committee in order for us, as a Committee, to get answers to our questions.
“Turas Nua and Seetec should have no issues coming before our Committee and answering questions around the service that they provide.
“There has been much focus on JobPath given the secrecy around the costs involved.
"The officials will not know whether or not the €84 million spent up to now has been value for money and will not know until the end of this year. This is despite the fact that both companies have been in place since 2015.
“It is beyond time for Turas Nua and Seetec to answer for themselves.”