Referrals to JobPath may not cease at the end of the year as planned – John Brady TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that referrals to JobPath may not cease at the end of this year as planned.
Following a meeting with Department officials in relation to the scheme, Teachta Brady said:
“Having met with Department officials who are over labour activation schemes within the Department, it now appears likely that referrals to the JobPath scheme will continue beyond 2019.
“The contract to deliver JobPath was signed by providers Turas Nua and Seetec in 2015 for a six year term – four years for referrals and a run off period for two years. However, this term is not definite and there is an option for referrals to continue and for the run off period to be extended.
“This will not come as good news to those that have been referred to JobPath for a second and third time without any successful outcome. As of the end of June this year, 231,547 people had been referred to JobPath with just 15,302 jobs being sustained for over one year, to date. Some of these jobs are part-time.
“In February of this year a Sinn Féin Motion to immediately end all referrals to JobPath was passed – the democratic wishes of the Dáil should be respected and honoured by this Government. Instead we are looking at a situation where referrals are extended beyond the four year period.
“The Department are currently reviewing JobPath, Job Clubs and the Local Employment Service altogether in the one process. This is expected to last up until the autumn. This review is being undertaken as part of the Department’s plans to create a new activation service to cater for today’s unemployed with the possibility of taking different elements that they see as working to form part of the new scheme.
“It will be will crucial that any new job activation scheme will be not for profit with a community ethos. Sinn Féin will be calling for the continuation of the Job Clubs and the Local Employment Service and the abolition of the failed JobPath scheme.”