First Steps Programme
The Department of Social Protection wishes to make ISME members aware of the financial supports available if they sponsor a young unemployed person through the First Steps programme or hire someone through Jobsplus Youth. The First Steps Programme will see participating Jobseekers receive a pre-placement training course funded by the Department to prepare them for their placement. They will also receive, through the Department, a single allowance consisting of €50.00 per week in addition to any other Social Protection entitlements. For more information go to: http://www.welfare.ie/en/pages/youth-development-internship.aspx
JobsPlus Youth incentivises businesses to hire jobseekers aged under 25 from the Live Register by providing monthly cash payments to offset wage costs. The JobsPlus incentive is payable on a monthly basis over a 2 year period and provides 2 levels of payment. Under this strand, the qualifying period for employing young people has been reduced from 12 months to 4 months. For more information go to: http://www.welfare.ie/en/pages/jobs-plus.aspx
Skills To Work
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., and the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., launched Skills to Work, a new online tool to help jobseekers and employers today. Skills to Work provides information on training and work experience initiatives to jobseekers and the supports for businesses to access skills training and incentives available to hire a new employee who is currently on the Live Register. The online tool focuses on Skillnets, Springboard, Momentum, JobBridge, and JobsPlus.
JobsPlus provides a financial incentive to employers who recruit employees who were long term unemployed on the Live Register. This is especially beneficial for small business as it will help towards the costs of taking on new staff. You just need to register online with the Department of Social Protection at www.jobsplus.ie to be approved as an eligible employer. Approved employers who take on an eligible employee will receive a cash incentive, payable monthly in arrears over a two year period.
Brochure Available here: http://isme.ie/assets/JobsPlus-Brochure.pdf
JobBridge offers an internship of 6-9 months to a person who has been signing on as available for work and getting a payment or credits for at least three months. Time completed on programmes in FÁS training, back to education or on a community scheme will count towards eligibility. Participants receive €50 per week on top of their welfare payment. 98% of companies would recommend the scheme to other companies.
For more information go to: www.jobbridge.ie
This is a new programme. There are 6,500 places in programmes involving certified classroom training and work experience with a company for people who have been on the live register for 12 months or getting credits.
For more information go to: www.momentumskills.ie
Succeed In Ireland
Introduce a company to Ireland and claim a finder’s fee
Succeed in Ireland rewards people who introduce potential foreign investors to Ireland. Through an online referral network, introductions can be made that will lead to new jobs in Ireland. The person that makes the introduction will be financially rewarded after a period of time of the jobs coming to fruition. The reward runs from €1,500 to €3,000 per sustainable job.
For more information go to: www.connectireland.com/succeed_in_ireland.aspx