Minister Burton outlines details of additional 2,500 places on Tús scheme

7th February, 2013

07.02.2013.

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D. has announced details of the first tranche of additional 1,100 places on Tús – the community work placement initiative.  This announcement will bring to just over 6,000 the total number of placements available on Tús.  The additional allocations form part of the roll-out of 2,500 new placements announced as part of the Budget 2013 measures to underpin the Government’s efforts to support those who are long term unemployed.

This announcement comes as part of the roll out of an additional 10,000 work placements under a number of programmes and initiatives funded by the Department of Social Protection.  Last month the Minister announced an additional 2,500 places for the Community Employment programme bringing the total places available on that programme to 25,300.Minister Burton said: “This latest allocation for Tús forms part of the Department’s wider efforts to help jobseekers to become job-ready and to find employment, training or an educational opportunity.  More than €1 billion will be spent by my Department this year on a range of interventions for jobseekers to acquire work experiences, skills and qualifications to enable them return to labour market.”

The additional places will target those who have been on the live register for over 12 months and are in receipt of a jobseeker’s payment from the Department of Social Protection.  The remaining places announced in the Budget will be rolled-out on a phased basis during 2013.

Adding that spending has increased, Minister Burton said: “Employment support schemes have been granted additional funds in 2013 and total spending in this area of support for people who are unemployed has increased significantly from €958m in 2012 to €1.045 billion in 2013 with 10,000 additional work placements coming on board as well as additional training and educational opportunities being supported.”

The Minister continued: “Work on developing a job initiative with Local Authorities is progressing and I expect to announce a number of pilot projects with County Councils in the coming months.”  This initiative was also announced in the Budget and will support 3,000 people in work initiallyPriority in this round of Tús placements has been to areas of the country where demand for work placement has been highest and where the local development company is able to deliver the placements quickly.  Tús focuses on keeping a person work ready and providing additional supports to assist them back into the workforce or to pursue other training or educational opportunities.  The duration of placement is limited to 12 months.