Minister O’Brien announces extension to CE and Tús Placements

11th June, 2021

Minister Joe O’Brien (Green Party)

Dublin Fingal

11th June 2021

 

Minister O’Brien announces extension to CE and Tús Placements

 

  • Extension of contracts until end October 2021 to benefit over 11,000 participants

 

  • Participants will be facilitated in exiting schemes on phased basis

 

Minister of State, Joe O’Brien T.D., has today (11th June 2021) announced further measures to support participants of Community Employment (CE) and Tús schemes.

Under the measures, CE and Tús participants’ contracts will be further extended until the end of October 2021.

This will benefit 7,000 participants who have been granted contract extensions since last October and whose contracts were due to end in July.

And the measure will benefit over 4,000 additional existing CE/ Tús participants whose contracts would ordinarily come to an end between July and October.

The supports being announced today will ensure the schemes can fully re-commence service delivery in local communities, while also supporting participants who have been long-term unemployed.

Many participants’ time on the schemes has been adversely affected by public health restrictions and this latest extension will allow participants further opportunities to complete their training and work placement experience.

Importantly, this final extension will also allow CE and Tús schemes to conclude participants’ placements on a co-ordinated and phased basis

This will also facilitate the planned increase in the rate of referrals to fill existing and new vacancies to ensure that opportunities to participate on the schemes continue to be available to those who are long term unemployed and furthest removed from the labour market

Minister O’Brien commented:

I would like to acknowledge the important role that the CE and Tús schemes play in providing valuable opportunities to participants in supporting the delivery of key services to local communities across the country.

“I look forward to meeting a number of CE and Tús schemes today at a meeting of a recently established CE Forum at which we will discuss a range of matters relating to employment programmes supported by the Department of Social Protection.

“The value of CE and Tús schemes for both participants and the communities within which they operate cannot be overstated.

“Here in Fingal, so many organisations have benefited from placements from TÚS and participants in the CE Scheme whereby the local community, voluntary organisations and public bodies gain by increasing their workforce and long-term unemployed benefit hugely by establishing a return to work routine. 

“This is why we have continued to ensure that schemes and their participants have been supported to continue activities, in so far as was possible, during the pandemic and to try and ensure that all participants get maximum benefit from their time on the scheme.

“I again want to re-assure participants that exits from these schemes will be done on a phased basis to ensure an orderly continuation of services in local communities.”

From the end of October there will be a phased exit of those CE and Tús participants who have benefitted from this latest extension over a number of months up until February 2022.

To assist with this transitional arrangement, there will also be a short contract extension for those CE and Tús participants whose contracts would be normally due to end between November 2021 and February 2022.

 

ENDS

For further information contact johanna.walsh@oireachtas.ie