Job Initiative

The Job Initiative is a programme providing full-time employment for people who are 35 years of age or over, unemployed for 5 years or more, and in receipt of social welfare payments over that period.

Following changes introduced to the Job Initiative scheme by the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment in late 2004, there is currently no recruitment onto the scheme, while existing participants will have their contracts renewed.

The main purpose of the programme is to assist long-term unemployed people to prepare for work opportunities. The programme achieves this by providing participants with work experience, training and development opportunities. The programme is sponsored by groups wishing to benefit the local community, namely voluntary organisations, public bodies and those involved in not-for-profit activities.

This is a Department of Social Protection service, fully funded by the Department, and delivered under contract in Offaly by OLDC for and on behalf of the Department.

While on the programme, participants can keep entitlements such as medical cards or child dependent allowance

For further information contact:

Martina Moore,
Offaly Local Development Company,
Millennium House,
Main St,
Co. Offaly 

Tel: 057 9322 850