JobPath 'making a difference' in Offaly, Oireachtas Committee hears
More than 750 people in Offaly have been placed in jobs through Turas Nua under the JobPath programme, an Oireachtas Committee has heard.
Turas Nua are one of the contracted employment activation services run by the Department of Social Protection in a bid to get people back to work from the social welfare system.
As well as the number of people placed in employment, Turas Nua claims it has delivered over 3,500 training courses in Offaly, aimed at helping people to upskill and ensure they are better prepared for the jobs’ market.
Nationally Turas Nua is helping 1,000 people a month to find employment, the committee heard.
These figures came to light as part of a discussion on the JobPath programme held by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection. In their submission to the Committee, Turas Nua, the organisation responsible for delivering JobPath in the southern part of the country, provided details about the impact of their service in parts of Offaly.
Turas Nua deliver the programme in parts of Offaly like Tullamore, while the other JobPath operator, Seetec, provide services in Birr and Edenderry.
Turas Nua are currently helping more than 450 people in the county in their efforts to find work and are also working with over 3,000 employers across the region, which covers Offaly, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois and South Tipperary.
The most popular job starts delivered under JobPath in the region have come in the construction sector (33%), followed by hospitality (25%) and manufacturing (22%).
Turas Nua maintains an office in Tullamore which employs 6 people.
During the meeting with the Oireachtas Committee, Colin Donnery, Director with Turas Nua outlined their commitment to helping people find work, “Since Turas Nua began operations in 2015, our entire focus has been about helping people find work."
"This involves helping people prepare for the difficulties presented by the jobs’ market, helping people to increase their knowledge and to improve their skills and helping people to find jobs they can sustain, giving them and their families greater financial security and stability."
“Our service focuses around the needs of each person we work with. They are at the centre of everything we do. Every person is different and every person requires a service built around their own needs. That is what our team provides to everyone who comes into one of our offices via the JobPath programme," Colin continued.
“That service is making a difference. 34 percent of the people who have completed JobPath with Turas Nua have attained a job. To date, 70 percent of the people who progress beyond 13 weeks in employment sustain in employment over a full year," he claimed.
“It is thanks to the hard work, dedication and professionalism of the 330 working for Turas Nua in 40 offices across 13 counties that we are able to make this difference. We are working with over 23,000 unemployed people and have developed relationships with 14,000 employers," he added.
“Our experience has shown us just how important the JobPath service is. Its impact is being felt at the most local level possible - reaching individuals, their families, their employers and their communities."
“We look forward to continuing to deliver this service and to continuing to help over 1,000 people a month into jobs,” Mr. Donnery concluded.
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