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Over 100,000 people referred to JobPath got nothing from the Scheme - John Brady TD

21 June, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that over 100,000 people referred to JobPath got nothing from the Scheme.

Speaking on figures obtained through Parliamentary Questions, Teachta Brady said:

“These figures tell us what the JobPath scheme has achieved since its introduction almost four years ago. 

“To date 226,851 people have been referred to JobPath with 27,476 people referred to the scheme twice and so far, 354 people referred three times. A ludicrous situation where people are put through the scheme over and over and over again. 

“Of the 226,851 referred since 2015, there are only 74,000 now currently engaged. One would legitimately ask what has happened to the majority referred who are no longer engaged. 

“The Minister tells us that 51,548 people have commenced employment through JobPath however, only 14,617 of these have been sustained in employment for at least one year.

"That means that over a 4 year period at a total cost to date of €182 million, just 6% of people have held down a job for one year. 

“The remaining cohort no longer engaged with JobPath, a total of 101,303 people have got nothing from the scheme. This really beggars belief. 

“Earlier this year, Sinn Féin brought forward a Dáil Motion which called for an end to JobPath referrals and an end to the mandatory nature of the scheme.

"This Motion was passed by the Dáil yet, Minister Doherty chose to ignore the will of the Dáil and has to date, taken no action.   

“I am calling on Minister Doherty to open her eyes. JobPath has failed miserably. It has to go.”

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