Employment Programmes

Employment Programmes


JobsPlus is a new employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who offer employment opportunities to people who are long-term unemployed. This incentive replaces the Employer Job (PRSI) Exemption and Revenue Job Assist schemes from 1st July 2013. Regular cash payments will be made to qualifying employers to offset wage costs where they engage jobseekers from the Live Register.


The Tús initiative is a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for unemployed people since 2011. The work opportunities are to benefit the community and are provided by community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas. The Tús initiative is managed by local development companies and Údarás na Gaeltachta for the Department of Social Protection, which has overall responsibility for the scheme.

Work Placement Programme (WWP)

Work Placement Programme is available to anyone who is unemployed and provides a work experience placement for a maximum duration of nine months. If you are a graduate with a level 7 qualification you can apply for both the graduate placements (WPP1) and the non-graduate placements (WPP2). Otherwise, you can apply for all non-graduate placements (WPP2). 

JobBridge – National Internship Scheme

JobBridge is a new National Internship Scheme that will provide work experience placements for interns for a 6 or 9 month period.

An internship provides the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a working environment to those looking to explore or gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter into a particular career field.

Interns will receive an allowance of €50 per week on top of their social welfare entitlement. This will be payable for the period of the internship.

LEMIS Programme

Local Employment Intermediary Service (LEMIS) in an initiative designed to help unemployed people in the community overcome those issues that may be preventing them from finding and keeping a job.  The service is provided by local community and employment organisations in the Belfast area, Londonderry, Strabane, Newry and Mourne, Cookstown and Moyle District Council Areas.

GAP Programme (Graduate Acceleration Programme)

The Steps to Work programme has been enhanced to meet the needs of unemployed graduates with the introduction of the Graduate Acceleration programme. This offers graduates an opportunity to kickstart their career through a 6 month work placement and a management qualification from Queens University or the University of Ulster.

GAP is a work placement programme, lasting up to 26 weeks, designed to improve your employability skills and to help accelerate your job prospects.

Youth Employment Scheme (YES)

The Department for Employment and Learning, as well as providing specialist programmes for people with disabilities, they also provide a range of mainstain programmes which disabled people and peopel with health conditions can also access:-  

Youth Employment Programme (YES)

The Youth Employment Scheme was launched in July 2012 to provide a series of measures to assist young people aged 16 to 18 not in employment, education or training (NEETs) and unemployed young people aged 18-24 find and secure sustainable employment.

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