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Pathways to Work 2015 strategy launched

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton today published the Pathways to Work 2015 strategy to reduce unemployment. The document contains a series of key actions including public benchmarking of the performance of Intreo centres.

Under Pathways to Work 2015, State employment and training services overseen by the Departments of Social Protection and Education and Skills will be benchmarked at local, regional and national level, with the results published, to ensure performance against targets.

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Intreo centres, the new-style social welfare offices which provide employment and income supports to jobseekers in the one place for the first time, will be assessed as part of this process, with performance statistics published for each centre.

Other key actions in Pathways to Work 2015 include:

  • The Employment and Youth Activation Charter: Employers who sign this Charter commit that at least 50% of candidates considered for interview will be taken from the Live Register.
  • A new account management approach to employers within the Department of Social Protection. This will mean employers who interact with the Department to find recruits for their businesses will have a dedicated accounts manager to assist them.
  • JobPath, through which third-party providers with proven track records will be hired to provide additional employment services focused on the long-term unemployed.
  • Continued rollout of Youth Guarantee initiatives to support young jobseekers.
  • The introduction of a Working Family Dividend which will allow jobseekers returning to work to retain, for a set period, welfare payments known as Qualified Child Increases for their children. This will remove a potential welfare trap and ensure that work pays.

Read the full press release here for more information on the strategy.