Calls for end to JobPath employment programme

Calls for end to JobPath employment programme

Sinn Féin is calling for an end to the JobPath scheme.

The programme's designed to get the long term unemployed back to work.

The party claims two private companies who run the scheme make money on the back of jobseekers.

Jobseekers face financial sanctions if they do not engage with two private companies - Turas Nua and Seetec - after referral by the Department for Employment Affairs & Social Protection.

Sinn Fein TD John Brady says the scheme has run its course.

"The JobPath programme needs to be ended," he said.

"The mandatory nature of JobPath and the referrals to JobPath need to cease.

"We want to see the schemes that do work, the likes of the Community Employment Schemes, the Job Clubs and, indeed, the local employment services, we want those funded and expanded."

Mr Brady says community-based schemes are of more benefit to those who need it.

"Many people who have participated in JobPath will tell you that what they get from it [is] nothing in comparison to engaging with the likes of the adult guidance services, the local employment services or community employment.

These are schemes that work. They're community-based. They're tailor-made and deliver and look after the needs of the individual.

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