Pathways to Work – Key Messages

We will engage with every unemployed person to make sure that their
first day out of a job is also their first step on the pathway back to
work.
· No-one who loses their job should be allowed to drift,
without support, into long-term unemployment.

· There are grounds for hope in the Irish economy: we see a
stabilisation/modest reduction in the live register as well as recent
high profile job announcements like Sky and PayPal.
· 40% of people on the live register are long term unemployed –
we want to get 75,000 of the long term unemployed back into the
workforce by 2015. We also want to reduce the average time spent on
the live register from 21 months to 12 months.
· We will not repeat of the mistakes of the 1980s and 1990s
when unemployment remained high even after economic recovery took
hold. This time, our people will be job-ready when the recovery comes.

Pathways has five key elements:
1. More regular and on-going engagement with unemployed people
(profiling, case management etc.)
2. Greater targeting of activation places and opportunities
(Over 85,000 places on CE, JobBridge, Tús etc., over 475,000 places in
education and training)
3. Incentivising the take-up of opportunities
4. Incentivising employers to provide more jobs for people who
are unemployed
5. Reforming institutions to deliver better services to unemployed people

Under the new system:
· Jobseekers will be able to go to one local office to access
welfare entitlement and get employment supports/service (The National
Employment and Entitlements Service, which will incorporate FAS/SOLAS
and social welfare services)
· Jobseekers will go through a needs assessment – this will
allow for a much more targeted approach, so they receive the report
they need.
· Those most in risk of long term unemployment will be
prioritised with one to one meetings and clear directions on training
courses among other measures.
· If people refuse to engagement with social services, they
will face having their benefits cut
· The Dept of Social Protection also wants to rebuild the
relationship between employers and social welfare services, to ensure
employers go straight to their local employment office if they have a
vacancy to fill.