Government defeat on JobPath motion a “significant milestone for job activation in this State” – John Brady TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has welcomed the passing of his motion which seeks to immediately end all referrals to the discredited JobPath scheme in the Dáil this afternoon.
The TD for Wicklow said that the Government must act immediately on the will of the Dáil and their defeat today on the Sinn Féin motion.
Speaking this afternoon, Teachta Brady said:
“The JobPath scheme that was rolled out by two private companies Turas Nua and Seetec in 2015 on behalf of the the then Fine Gael, Labour Government has failed.
"It has cost the taxpayer millions and it has caused untold damage to existing community based schemes, including the Adult Guidance Service, the Local Employment Service, Community Employment and Job Clubs.
“Today the majority of the Dáil voted in support of the Sinn Féin motion to immediately stop referrals to Jobpath and to invest in schemes that work.
"Schemes such as Community Employment, JobClubs and Local Employment Services. "The fact is that JobPath has failed. It has cost the taxpayer millions and it has caused untold damage to existing community based schemes, including the Adult Guidance Service, the Local Employment Service, Community Employment and Job Clubs.
“The Local Employment Service and Community Employment who have seen huge drops in referrals since the commencement of JobPath.
“The sole objective of the private companies Turas Nua and Seetec under the Jobpath scheme is to make money on the back of jobseekers.
"However, the majority of the Dáil has voted for the motion and this is a significant milestone for job activation in this State.
"I am calling on Minister Doherty and her Government to act upon this motion immediately and scrap the Jobpath scheme and invest in job activation schemes that have proven to work."