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Tús: community work placement

Find out more about this community work placement scheme


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Tús is a community work placement scheme that offers short-term opportunities for unemployed people.

The work placements are usually 19.5 hours per week and last for 12 months.

Am I eligible?

  • If you’ve been unemployed for at least 12 months and signing on a full-time basis and;
  • Have been receiving a jobseeker’s payment (Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit) for at least 12 months and;
  • Be currently receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance

Types of work

  • The work placement scheme is run by local development companies and Údaras na Gaeltachta. The work opportunities are provided by community and voluntary organisations in urban and rural areas and are meant to benefit the community.
  • The types of work that might be undertaken include:
  • Environmental sciences (e.g. conservation, maintenance of national walkways)
  • Caring service (e.g. childcare, care of older people)
  • General community services (e.g. newsletters or information provision for communities)
  • Heritage and cultural services (e.g. local heritage project)
  • Para-educational services (e.g. community playgroups)

How do I apply?

There is no formal application system for the scheme. Unemployed people will be identified and contacted by their social welfare office or Intreo centre. If an eligible person agrees to participate, then they will be recruited when a placement becomes available.

Other work

Based on 19.5 hours a week, a worker is entitled to €208. You can work part-time provided it doesn’t interfere with the work times of the Tús placement.

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Published May 27th, 2014
Last updated November 29th, 2016
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