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DSP’s JobPath contracts put back – December 2013 World of Work update

Posted on November 28, 2013 by Gerald Flynn

The Department of Social Protection  [DSP] has decided to postpone its scheduled  JobPath request for tenders which was due to be published before the end of November.

According to the latest issue of Align Management’s ‘World of Work‘ newsbrief, the request for tenders will be issued in mid-December following an internal review. The newsletter also reveals that DSP Minister, Joan Burton has approved the tender documents, Download the newsletter here at: Dec 13- World of Work-2   You may  print it off should you wish to distribute it to colleagues.

Align Management is also working on a tender standards proposal which will benefit both prime bidders and service contractors in ensuring good business relations and problem-solving to enhance the reputation of the JobPath  welfare-to-work initiative.

In recent weeks many employment services people have been in touch seeking advice and support. You are welcome to join me through LinkedIn  

Youth Guarantee faces setbacks and slower roll-out

Posted on November 12, 2013 by webmaster

The  promised Youth Guarantee initiative faces a slower than expected roll-out due to funding shortages and a lack of  employment advisers and apprenticeship places. The original plan was to provide guaranteed interventions and supports within four months of 18-24 year-olds being registered as a job-seeker.

The initiative to support over 28,000 younger unemployed was a prime project of the Irish EU-Presidency during 2013. The pledged €6 billion initiative was to be prioritised for EU states with the highest levels of youth joblessness. These include Greece, Spain, Ireland, Italy and Portugal – all of which face  severe domestic budgetary pressures which restricts their ability to provide matching Youth Guarantee funds.

Realistically, an effective  Youth Guarantee  would cost between €5,000 and €6,000 per participant to cover training / education / apprenticeship and individual activation supports. That is likely to cost at least €140m to initiate and that is before  the younger, long-term unemployed are included under either the JobPath or the Youth Guarantee initiatives.

Ireland labour market updates – November 2013 issue

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Gerald Flynn

The  latest edition of our  Labour Activation newsletter is available here on clicking this linkWorld of Work -Ireland -Nov 2013

The Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny has confirmed  his commitment towards engaging third-party support to assist with  employment advice and activation. The IMF-EU ‘Troika’ has pointed out that the ratio of one employment adviser in the Department of Social protection (DSP) to 800 jobseekers is far too high. It recommended that it should be closer to the international norm of around 200 to one.