The Department of Social Protection has released further details of the new Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS), which was announced in Budget 2018.
The voluntary scheme is aimed at young jobseekers who are long-term unemployed or who face significant barriers to gaining employment - those who, even during the Celtic Tiger years, found it difficult to get a foothold on the career ladder.
YESS aims to provide an opportunity to learn basic work and social skills in a supportive environment while on a work placement.
The scheme will begin in the second quarter of 2018. It will be open to jobseekers and other eligible persons aged between 18 and 24 who have
a). been out of work and in receipt of a qualifying payment for at least 12 months or,
b). if unemployed for less than 12 months, are considered by a caseworker to face a significant barrier to work.
Candidates must also be in receipt of certain eligible social welfare payments.
Whilst participation on the scheme will be entirely voluntary, people will be encouraged and supported to avail of suitable placements. There will be no financial penalties for jobseekers who do not wish to participate or who do not complete a placement.
The standard duration for the work experience placements will be three months although there will be an option to extend that to six or nine months following a review of progress by a departmental caseworker.
The attendance requirement will be 30 hours per week. Participants will receive a weekly payment equivalent to the net minimum wage which represents a very significant increase in their underlying payment.
Clear eligibility requirements are in place for employers and host organisations wishing to participate in the programme, including a requirement to agree to specific terms and conditions when they advertise a placement.
A designated caseworker will liaise with each participant and with the host organisation throughout the period of the placement, to monitor how well it is progressing for both parties and to provide appropriate advice and support.
Learning and development outcomes for each placement will be identified, with a focus on ‘soft’ (employability) skills as well as any specific ‘hard’ skills that will be acquired and/or demonstrated during the placement. The host organisation will complete an assessment for the participant at the end of the placement.
Host organisations will be encouraged to offer paid employment to participants who perform well during nthe programme. Participants will qualify for a financial subsidy under the JobsPlus Youth incentive scheme.
A dedicated budget has been allocated for the scheme for 2018. The full-year cost of the scheme is expected to be €7.5m and to cater for up to 1,600 participants.
Full details are available here
The CareersPortal Team