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Momentum WHAT IS MOMENTUM? Momentum will fund the provision of free education and training projects to allow those who are unemployed for 12 months or more to gain skills and to access work opportunities in identified growing sectors. Momentum will provide eligible jobseekers with; • Access to a range of quality education and training projects • Links to identified job vacancies and employers • Work placement and support • Relevant industry and NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) Certification. Momentum projects are designed to create a dynamic environment where talented and motivated people work together to make a difference in their lives and careers. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? You must contact your local Intreo office/DSP Office to check and confirm your eligibility to apply for Momentum. However, generally to be eligible you must meet the following criteria: • Be unemployed for 12 months or longer and • Be in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit or on the Live Register for 12 months or longer and • Be actively seeking work. Periods spent on Back to Education Allowance, VTOS, FÁS Ireland Training courses, Youthreach, Community Employment Schemes, TUS, Back to Work Scheme, Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, Job Initiative or Job Assist may count towards meeting the eligibility for MOMENTUM, provided that you have completed the Scheme in question and are back on the Live Register. HOW TO APPLY? You must apply through your local Intreo Office/Employment Service Office.

FÁS Training Programmes WHAT IS FÁS? FÁS delivers an extensive range of training to a diverse range of clients including those entering the labour market for the first time, persons wishing to up-date or acquire new skills, those changing careers, persons with a disability and early school leavers. Programmes operated include - Adult Day Courses, Traineeships, Apprenticeships, Construction Skills Certification Scheme and Safe Pass. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? FÁS training courses are available to those that are unemployed. HOW TO APPLY? In order to apply for a place on a FÁS training course, you must first register with your local Intreo Office or Employment Service Office. You will be interviewed in order to identify the course that will best suit your needs.

FURTHER SUPPORTS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED The Technical Employment Support Grant (TESG) WHAT IS THE TESG? The Technical Employment Support Grant (TESG) is a financial support for people who are finding it difficult to progress from unemployment to the workforce. TESG may, for example, include grant-aid towards the cost of accredited training where such a need is identified during a guidance interview with an Employment Services Officer (ESO) at the Department of Social Protection. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Qualification is at the discretion of the ESO. HOW TO APPLY? Only jobseekers that are deemed by the ESO to be in need of the support will be considered. The support should form part of the jobseeker’s plan to re-enter/enter the labour market and the client should be available for and actively seeking work.

Redundant Apprentice Placement Scheme WHAT IS THE REDUNDANT APPRENTICE PLACEMENT SCHEME? If you are made redundant because your employer does not have enough work for you as an

apprentice you may benefit from this scheme. Under the Redundant Apprentice Placement Scheme FÁS can place certain redundant apprentices with eligible employers and assist the employers with the employment costs of these apprentices. HOW TO APPLY? You should contact your local FÁS office for further information on how to submit an application.

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Skillnets WHAT IS SKILLNETS? Skillnets is a state funded; enterprise-led support body dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of training and upskilling as key elements in sustaining Ireland’s national competitiveness. Skillnets provides training to jobseekers, who are training with those in employment. By training with those in employment, jobseekers can access networking opportunities and keep up to date with their sector while participating in relevant industry-specific training programmes. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Those who are on Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseeker Benefit are eligible to apply. Those in receipt of certain other types of Social Welfare Payments may also qualify. HOW TO APPLY? You can apply online at www.skillnets.ie or alternatively by contacting 01-2079630

USEFUL INFORMATION INTREO OFFICE TALLAGHT, - DUBLIN 24 (FORMALLY TALLAGHT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICE) Department of Social Protection Office, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Phone: 01 4629400 BISHOP SQUARE SOCIAL PROTECTION OFFICE - DUBLIN 6, 6W, 12 Bishop’s Square, Redmond’s Hill, Dublin 2 Phone: 01 4763500 NUTGROVE SOCIAL PROTECTION OFFICE - DUBLIN 14, 16 Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 Phone: 01 4069010 CLONDALKIN SOCIAL PROTECTION OFFICE – DUBLIN 22 9th Lock Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 Phone: 01 4030000 RATHFARNHAM EMPLOYMENT SERVICES OFFICE Nutgrove Enterprise Centre, Enterprise Pk. Nutgrove Way, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. Tel: 01 4951414

CRUMLIN EMPLOYMENT SERVICES OFFICE 45 Crumlin Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12. Tel: 01 4201300 FÁS TALLAGHT TRAINING CENTRE Cookstown Road, Cookstown Industrial Estate, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Phone: 4275400 COUNTY DUBLIN VEC HEAD OFFICE 1 Tuansgate, Belgard Square East, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Phone: 4529600

Dear Resident, A key objective of the Government is to get people working. Much has been achieved in the past 2 years but more needs to be done. I have put together this Information Guide for Unemployed people that I hope you might find useful for yourself, a family member, friend or neighbour.

TALLAGHT CENTRE FOR THE UNEMPLOYED St. Dominick’s Hall, Main Street, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Phone: 4512983 www.inou.ie

The guide includes information on Back to Work and Back to Education Schemes as well as useful contact information. Needless to say if you have any questions or queries regarding this guide or indeed any other matters please do not hesitate to contact me.

CITIZENS INFORMATION CENTRE Hainault House, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Phone: 0761 07 8340 www.tallaghtinfo.com www.citizensinformation.ie

MINISTER BRIAN HAYES TD

Tel: 01-6183567 · Email: brian.hayes@oir.ie SENATOR CÁIT KEANE Tel: 01-6183179 · Email: cait.keane@oir.ie TALLAGHT CENTRAL - CLLR COLM BROPHY Tel: 086-2509223 · Email: cbrophy@sdublincoco.ie TALLAGHT SOUTH - CLLR BRIAN LAWLOR Tel: 087-6445472 · Email: blawlor@sdublincoco.ie RATHFARNHAM - CLLR EMMA COBURN Tel: 087 0628484 · Email: ecoburn@sdublincoco.ie RATHFARNHAM - CLLR ANNE-MARIE DERMODY Tel: 087 3672030 · Email: amdermody@sdublincoco.ie

YOUR LOCAL FINE GAEL TEAM

MINISTER

BRIAN HAYES TD Dáil Éireann, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-6183567 Email: brian.hayes@oir.ie www.brianhayes.ie

Senator

CÁIT KEANE

Disclaimer: This guide is presented for information purposes only. Every effort has been made to ensure the information provided is accurate. 0612

Seanad Éireann, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. cait.keane@oir.ie 01-6183179


WHAT ARE INTREO OFFICES? Intreo is a new service by the Department of Social Protection that is being rolled out across the country in 2013. The new service replaces the existing Social Welfare Office and is a single point of contact for all employment and income supports. Intreo is designed to provide a more streamlined approach. It will provide a personalised service, based on your individual needs including, advice on education, training and personal development opportunities, job search assistance as well as information on access to a range of income supports. Currently Dublin South West has one Intreo Office which is located in Tallaght.

rights including annual leave, public holidays, maternity leave and a written statement of terms and conditions of employment. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? The criteria for participating on the Community Employment scheme is based on age and length of time in receipt of various social welfare payments. There are two types of CE scheme, in general, the Part-time Integration Option is for people who are 25 or over who are in receipt of social welfare payments for 1 year or more, and people who are 18 years or over in receipt of disability-related payments. The Part-time Job Option is for people who are 35 or over and in receipt of social welfare payments for 3 years or longer. HOW TO APPLY? If you want to participate in a Community Employment scheme contact your local Intreo office/ Local Employment Office or alternatively more information is available online at www.intreo.ie.

BACK TO WORK SCHEMES

BACK TO EDUCATION SCHEMES

JobBridge

Springboard

WHAT IS JOBBRIDGE? JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme provides work experience opportunities for unemployed people. It is aimed at people who have been in receipt of a Jobseeker’s payment or signing for credits for at least 3 months. Participants in the scheme will be offered an internship of 6 or 9 months with a host organisation. They will also retain their social welfare payment and receive an additional €50 per week. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? To be eligible for the JobBridge scheme you must be unemployed and in receipt of one of the following - Jobseeker’s Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Disability Allowance, One-Parent Family Payment or signing on for credits for a total of 3 months or more in the last 6 months. HOW TO APPLY? Internships are advertised on www.jobbridge.ie, www.jobs.ie, in local Intreo Offices and in Employment Service Offices.

Tús WHAT IS TÚS? The Tús initiative is a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people. The work opportunities are to benefit the community and are provided by community and voluntary organisations. The Tús initiative is managed by local development companies for the Department of Social Protection, which has overall responsibility for the scheme. All the work carried out by participants in the Tús scheme will be community-based. The types of projects eligible for the scheme may include: • Environmental services (for example, conservation and maintenance of national walkways) • Caring services (for example, childcare, care of older people) • General community services (for example, newsletters or information provision for communities) • Heritage and cultural services (for example, local heritage project) • Para-educational services (for example, community playgroups) • Participants will work for 19 ½ hours a week and the placement lasts 12 months. They receive the same statutory annual leave and public holiday entitlement as other employees. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Individuals who are unemployed for at least 12 months and in receipt of Job Seeker’s Allowance are eligible. HOW TO APPLY? There is no application process instead potential participants are selected at random and contacted by their social protection local office.

Community Employment Scheme WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT SCHEME? The Community Employment (CE) scheme is designed to help people who are long-term unemployed and other disadvantaged people to get back to work by offering part-time and temporary placements in jobs based within local communities. The Department of Social Protection administers the Community Employment scheme. The average number of working hours for placements is 39 hours per fortnight. Participants are paid weekly by a sponsor and have certain statutory employment

WHAT IS SPRINGBOARD? The Springboard initiative provides free, part-time higher education courses for people who are unemployed. It provides places for unemployed people on a range of part-time courses from certificate to master degree levels - Levels 6 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The programme is aimed at people who have previously been employed in construction, manufacturing or other sectors of the economy where employment levels are unlikely to recover to pre-recession levels. Courses are offered in information and communications technology (ICT), the green economy, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, and in the international financial services as well as many others. If you take up a Springboard course, you can retain your existing social welfare payment if you continue to fulfil the conditions for that payment. As Springboard courses are all part-time, you are not eligible for a student grant or the Back to Education Allowance. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? In order to qualify for Springboard you must be unemployed; with a previous history of employment, and you must be actively seeking work and available to take up work. The qualifying social welfare payments are: Jobseeker’s Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance, OneParent Family Payment, Disability Allowance, Carer’s Allowance. You can also apply for Springboard if: • You were formerly self-employed, but are now unemployed and actively seeking work. • You are signing for social insurance contribution credits. HOW TO APPLY? To apply for a Springboard course, you choose the course(s) you are interested in on www.springboardcourses.ie and follow the instructions on the website. If you are in receipt of a social welfare payment, you should notify your local Intreo office/DSP Office. There is also a dedicated Springboard helpline at Freephone 1800 303 523.

Back to Education Allowance WHAT IS THE BACK TO EDUCATION ALLOWANCE? The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is a scheme for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are in receipt certain payments from the Department of Social Protection. The allowance can be paid to people who wish to take approved second or third level courses of education. BTEA is not an unemployment payment. Participants get a standard rate of payment, which is not means tested. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? The BTEA is for a wide range of people who wish to return to education. There are a number of qualifying ways, depending on age and circumstances. Full eligibility details are available on www. intreo.ie HOW TO APPLY? You should contact your local second or third level school or college to obtain details of their courses. They will also advise you on how to obtain a place on the course of your choice. When

you have been accepted on a course, you must notify the Department of Social Protection by filling in the form BTE 1, which is available for download at www.intreo.ie. Applications for BTEA must be made prior to commencement of an approved course.

Education, Training and Development Option WHAT IS THE EDUCATION, TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT OPTION? The qualifying conditions for receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit require a person to be available for and genuinely seeking full-time employment. A person pursuing a full-time course of study would not satisfy this condition and, therefore, would not qualify for Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit. However, under the Education, Training and Development (ET&D) Option of the Back To Education Programmes, a person may continue to receive, subject to satisfying certain conditions, his/her Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit while attending certain courses of education, training or development. Courses which are not recognised for Back to Education Allowance Options, and which are being pursued at an institution, which is funded wholly, or partly by state agencies may be approved if they lead to improved employment prospects upon completion. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? In order to qualify for retention of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit under the Education, Training and Development Option a person must, immediately prior to commencing an approved course be: • at least 21 years of age, or • aged between 18 and 20 and out of the formal education system for at least 2 years, and • In receipt of Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit and have received a total of at least 6 months (156 days) of unemployment payment during his/her current period of unemployment. HOW TO APPLY? Responsibility for securing a place on a course rests with the claimant. The Department of Social Protection does not provide assistance in this regard. Once a person has been accepted on a course s/he must notify the Department before commencing the course by completing the application form, which is available from your Intreo Office/DSP Office. The completed application form should be returned to the Job’s Facilitator at the Intreo Office/DSP Office.

The Part-Time Education Option (PTEO) WHAT IS THE PART TIME EDUCATION OPTION? The Part-Time Education Option (PTEO) allows you to retain your Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit and attend a part-time day or evening course of education or training. To find out about available part time courses and obtain advice on how to get a place on a course, you should contact your local VEC, school or college, public library or Citizens Information Centre (CIC). WHO IS ELIGIBLE? The Part-Time Education Option is not the same as the Back to Education Allowance or the Education, Training and Development Option. There are no specific eligibility criteria for the PTEO. You can be any age and may be unemployed for any length of time before starting a part-time course of education. You must continue to meet the conditions for Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance. HOW TO APPLY All applications for the PTEO should be made by completing the PTEO1 application form which is available on www.intreo.ie. You can also apply for the Part-Time Education Option at your local Intreo Office/DSP Office.

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) WHAT IS VTOS? The Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme, which is run by the Department of Education and Skills, is operated through the VECs. They offer a variety of courses that can last for up to two years. Qualifications include - Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate and Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) certificates. The main objectives of the scheme are to give unemployed people education and training opportunities that will help them find a job, and to prepare people to move to paid employment or to further educational opportunities leading to paid employment. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? To be eligible for the VTOS you must be aged at least 21 and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit or signing for credits for at least six months. HOW TO APPLY? To apply for VTOS you should contact your local VEC.


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