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Tús - Community Work Placement Scheme Print E-mail

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 to be provided by community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas.  The Tús initiative is managed by Waterford Leader Partnership Ltd for the Department of Social Protection, which has overall responsibilty for the scheme.

Unemployed places in the Tús scheme will become available during 2011.  Unemployed people who are eligible to participate in the scheme will be selected and contacted by the Department of Social Protection.

Working Conditions

Participants will work for 19.5 hours a week and the placement lasts 12 months.  They will receive the same statutory annual leave and public holiday entitlements as other employees.  When the placement finishes, they should sign on again with their local social welfare office.  They cannot participate in the Tús scheme again for 3 years.

To be eligible to participate in the Tús scheme you must:

  • Have been continously unemployed for at least 12 months and "signing on" on a full-time basis; and
  • Have been receiving a jobseeker's payment (Jobseeker's Benefit or Jobseeker's Allowance) from the Department of Social Protection for at least 12 months; and
  • Be currently receiving Jobseeker's Allowance

What type of work will be undertaken?

All of the work undertaken while participating on Tús will be beneficial to the local community and the types of projects carried out are likely to include:
    • Energy conservation work in homes and community buildings
    • Social care of all age groups and persons with a disability or limited mobility
    • Caretaking, securing, supervising of community buildings and spaces
    • Renovation of community and sporting facilities, including the regeneration and enhancement of community, recreation and sporting spaces
    • Work in support of the promotion of the Irish language, other cultural and heritage activities
    • Community administration, research and community event mangement
    • Coaching for sporting activities (where operated by designated sporting organisations)
    • Repair of equipment for developing world – farm tools, bicycles, computers, sewing machines, health equipment.
Communities wishing to apply for a work placement please download the expression of interest here
Last Updated on Friday, 22 July 2011 14:45