1480. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Social Protection if her Department has set the criteria, training programmes or guidelines for staff that deliver the JobPath scheme via private operators; if so, the criteria for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35116/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1480 to 1484, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed and those most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. The service is delivered by two companies, Seetec Ltd and Turas Nua Ltd.
At present there are over 450 full-time equivalent personal advisers (excluding admi...

1481. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Social Protection the process by which persons are selected to take part in the JobPath scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35117/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1480 to 1484, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed and those most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. The service is delivered by two companies, Seetec Ltd and Turas Nua Ltd.
At present there are over 450 full-time equivalent personal advisers (excluding admi...

1482. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason persons over 62 years of age and who are therefore exempt from job activation schemes are being referred to JobPath on a regular basis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35118/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1480 to 1484, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed and those most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. The service is delivered by two companies, Seetec Ltd and Turas Nua Ltd.
At present there are over 450 full-time equivalent personal advisers (excluding admi...

1483. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason persons who have been unemployed for only a very short period of time are being regularly referred to JobPath despite it being a scheme for long-term unemployed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35119/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1480 to 1484, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed and those most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. The service is delivered by two companies, Seetec Ltd and Turas Nua Ltd.
At present there are over 450 full-time equivalent personal advisers (excluding admi...

1484. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Social Protection the agreements regarding personal data in place between her Department and the private operators of JobPath (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35120/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1480 to 1484, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed and those most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. The service is delivered by two companies, Seetec Ltd and Turas Nua Ltd.
At present there are over 450 full-time equivalent personal advisers (excluding admi...

1510. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Social Protection the policy change which has led to the new entrants into the jobseeker’s allowance scheme to be referred to JobPath for a minimum 52 week period; the reasoning which has been assessed as referring those new persons within two weeks of the commencement of their claim; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35683/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1510 to 1516, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. My Department has contracted two companies, Turas Nua Limited and Seetec Limited, to deliver JobPath services. The contracts are for four years comprising with a two year ‘run-off’ period (during which time no ad...

1511. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Social Protection the policy change that has led to the new entrants into the jobseeker’s allowance scheme that are referred on to a JobPath scheme for a minimum 52 week period, in which the letter of invitation and introduction sent out to the person by her Department clearly states that the employment advisor will consider training opportunities for that person until when aspirations for training and education are raised the person is advised that they are not permitted to undertake training for the next 52 weeks; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35684/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1510 to 1516, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. My Department has contracted two companies, Turas Nua Limited and Seetec Limited, to deliver JobPath services. The contracts are for four years comprising with a two year ‘run-off’ period (during which time no ad...

1512. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Social Protection when the three year initial contract allocated to JobPath is coming up for renewal; the way in which she plans to assess this; the assessment of quality of outcomes for persons which will be undertaken; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35685/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1510 to 1516, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. My Department has contracted two companies, Turas Nua Limited and Seetec Limited, to deliver JobPath services. The contracts are for four years comprising with a two year ‘run-off’ period (during which time no ad...

1513. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Social Protection the way she plans to assess the value for money and return on investment in the initial three year JobPath programme; the way that it will be audited; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35686/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1510 to 1516, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. My Department has contracted two companies, Turas Nua Limited and Seetec Limited, to deliver JobPath services. The contracts are for four years comprising with a two year ‘run-off’ period (during which time no ad...

1514. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Social Protection the recourse to appeal there is for persons that are referred onto a JobPath programme within 20 days of commencing a jobseeker’s allowance claim, in which those persons are committed to taking college places, the CAO process has been commenced, applications submitted and accepted and in which those persons are advised by their employment advisor that they are not permitted to undertake upskilling opportunities for more than 52 weeks; her views on whether this is financially beneficial to the JobPath contractors; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35687/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1510 to 1516, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. My Department has contracted two companies, Turas Nua Limited and Seetec Limited, to deliver JobPath services. The contracts are for four years comprising with a two year ‘run-off’ period (during which time no ad...

1515. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Social Protection the quality audits she has undertaken to ensure the expenditure on the JobPath contract is fit for purpose and delivering quality outcomes; if she has examined and reviewed the contract that is signed by a person; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35688/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1510 to 1516, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. My Department has contracted two companies, Turas Nua Limited and Seetec Limited, to deliver JobPath services. The contracts are for four years comprising with a two year ‘run-off’ period (during which time no ad...

1516. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number complaints in respect of the service to persons by JobPath she has received; the way these are counted and recorded; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35689/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1510 to 1516, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. My Department has contracted two companies, Turas Nua Limited and Seetec Limited, to deliver JobPath services. The contracts are for four years comprising with a two year ‘run-off’ period (during which time no ad...

1204. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of complaints since commencement to date that have been made against the two companies tasked with delivering JobPath; the actions taken to investigate such complaints; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34302/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The overall reaction to JobPath has been very positive. To date 105,640 Jobseekers have been referred to the service, with 332 complaints received in total – 0.31 per cent. 
Of these 267 have been responded to and are now closed, 65 are in progress. 
Each JobPath provider has a comprehensive Complaints Procedure which is advertised in every location. The procedure contains levels of escalation whereby complaints are dealt with at the appr...

248. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will address concerns raised in correspondence (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31644/17 asked on 05 Jul 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed and those most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. 
While with JobPath, customers are assigned to a personal advisor who will assess their skills, experience, challenges and work goals and agree a personal progression plan. They are provided with a range of supports based on an assessment of their indivi...

568. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will reconsider legislation governing JobPath and community employment schemes to allow participants to transfer from a JobPath placement to a community employment scheme placement in order to address the shortage of candidates available to the latter; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29769/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 568 and 575 together.
The aim of the JobPath service, which is provided for jobseekers only, is to assist them in finding sustainable full time paid employment. Community Employment schemes provide part-time work experience and training opportunities in local communities as a stepping stone back to employment for people on a range of Social Welfare payments including those on long term unemployment payments...

575. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Social Protection if a mechanism can be introduced which would allow a person on a JobPath programme to transfer onto a community employment scheme if they are of the view it is more suitable; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30028/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 568 and 575 together.
The aim of the JobPath service, which is provided for jobseekers only, is to assist them in finding sustainable full time paid employment. Community Employment schemes provide part-time work experience and training opportunities in local communities as a stepping stone back to employment for people on a range of Social Welfare payments including those on long term unemployment payments...

2011. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Social Protection the person or body that partners a company (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27086/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): As the Deputy will be aware, JobPath is an employment activation service that supports people who are long-term unemployed and those most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. Seetec delivers the JobPath service in an area which encompasses broadly the northern half of the state. In County Mayo, the service is delivered directly by Seetec (i.e. there is no sub-contractor involvement) which has est...

29. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Social Protection if his attention has been drawn to the detrimental effect the Turas Nua scheme is having on participants, community employment schemes, Tús and other job placement schemes which have been the bedrock of communities over the years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26226/17 asked on 31 May 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Deputy Mattie McGrath: I too wish the Minister well in his efforts and travails to become party leader. I hope he took the advice of the Taoiseach this morning. They were very wise words.
As I understand it, once a person signs on with Turas Nua, he or she is prohibited from doing anything else for at least one year. This forces people to engage with Turas Nua or face a cut in their social welfare payments. As someone who has been involved in community employment since 1988 and knows the val...

35. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Social Protection the criteria required for a person to transfer from JobPath to community employment and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25974/17 asked on 31 May 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Deputy Niamh Smyth: I wish to ask the Minister about the criteria required for a person to transfer from JobPath to community employment.
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40. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason persons on JobPath are currently unable to be referred to community employment schemes, his plans to change this policy and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25967/17 asked on 31 May 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Deputy Niamh Smyth: I wish to ask the Minister about the criteria required for a person to transfer from JobPath to community employment.
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48. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Social Protection if he has satisfied himself with the operation of the JobPath scheme, including the costs involved in the operation of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25762/17 asked on 31 May 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The JobPath model has a number of key features which enables my Department to monitor the service provider’s performance and ensure contract compliance.
Every participant is provided with a service guarantee - a baseline level of service covering frequency of engagement, personal progression planning, geographic accessibility and in-employment support.
The service providers are subject to regular audits and inspections. In addition my Depart...

282. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection if a release from the JobPath scheme can be facilitated in the case of a person (details supplied) to take a place in the rural social scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25514/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The aim of the JobPath programme is to assist participants in finding sustainable full-time paid employment by providing intensive individual support and assistance. When selected for the JobPath activation programme in January this year, the person in question was in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance. It is a condition of the receipt of this payment that a recipient must be capable of, available for and actively seeking full time employment....

138. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Social Protection the method of calculation used by the Jobpath providers (details supplied) in calculating the amount of money paid to persons who claim travel costs if travelling by car; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25076/17 asked on 25 May 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Both JobPath providers, Seetec and Turas Nua, provide immediate reimbursement for travel expenses upon production of a ticket / evidence of travel. This includes bus routes and where no suitable public transport is available, mileage costs will be paid. The amount payable is calculated on the basis of the most direct route from their home address to the office of the JobPath provider. Travel expenses may also be paid on the same basis by the...

336. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Social Protection if JobPath providers (details supplied) hired 10% of their staff from the live register; if not, the percentage of staff that were hired from the live register, as committed to in a social clause in the contract between the providers and his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24480/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 336 to 341, inclusive, together. 
As the deputy will be aware, the State’s Public Employment Service is managed by my Department and delivered directly by its own Intreo service as well as by contracted private companies, such as JobPath, Local Employment Service and Job Club providers. The Department has contracts in place with in excess of 60 companies for the provision of these services. This includes two ...

337. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Social Protection if monitoring and measuring of employer satisfaction with the JobPath service providers (details supplied) has taken place to date; the frequency with which this monitoring takes place; the way in which it is conducted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24481/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 336 to 341, inclusive, together. 
As the deputy will be aware, the State’s Public Employment Service is managed by my Department and delivered directly by its own Intreo service as well as by contracted private companies, such as JobPath, Local Employment Service and Job Club providers. The Department has contracts in place with in excess of 60 companies for the provision of these services. This includes two ...