Tús aims to provide short-term, quality work opportunities for those who are unemployed and to provide certain services of benefit to communities.
Tús will be managed at a local level, on behalf of the Department of Social Protection, by the Local Development Companies and in the Gaeltacht by Údarás na Gaeltachta.
South West Mayo Development Company has an allocation of 140 places in its area of operation.Community & Voluntary Organisations have a key role in proposing and providing work placements that will provide Participants with valuable working opportunities in good quality work settings. Those who participate will improve their work readiness and will be able to apply their skills and learn new ones.
Tús has both an urban and rural focus and is built on the proven architecture of the Rural Social Scheme.
Who can participate on Tús?
The Department of Social Protection will identify and contact persons on the Live Register who satisfy the criteria and offer them the opportunity to be considered for local placement as opportunities arise.
When those indentified agree to participate, they will be referred to the Local Development Company operating in their area for interview and consideration for placement.
The Local Development Companies will maintain a panel from which persons will be recruited.
As placement opportunities arise, those on the panel will be matched with the work and recruited.
Prior to being offered a placement, it will be necessary to ensure that a person's general suitability for the work involved and their experience of similar work, is established.
Participants will work for 19.5 hours a week and the placement lasts 12 months.
Types of projects carried out are likely to include:
More detailed information is available on the Department of Social Protection website.