The way back to work

Overview: The way back to work

An overview of the employment support schemes and services available to help jobseekers return to work.

Employment services for jobseekers

A summary of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection’s employment services for jobseekers.

Community Employment scheme

Community Employment helps people get back to work by offering part-time placements in jobs based within local communities

Employment schemes for young people

Youth Guarantee initiatives to tackle youth unemployment. First Steps and Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS).

Tús

Tús is a community work placement scheme for unemployed people who are selected to participate by the Department of Social Protection.

Gateway

Gateway is a local authority work opportunities scheme for unemployed people who are selected for participation by the Department of Social Protection.

JobsPlus

JobsPlus is an incentive to encourage employers to employ long-term unemployed people. The incentive is paid monthly in arrears, over a 2-year period.

Rural Social Scheme

The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) provides income support for farmers and fishermen/women who are getting certain social welfare payments.

Voluntary work and social welfare payments

If you want to keep your social welfare payment and do some voluntary work, you must follow the rules set down by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Work Placement Programme

The Work Placement Programme provides work experience for unemployed people.