A number of state assistance programmes for employers are now available:

JobsPlus Incentive

JobsPlus is an incentive from the Department of Social Protection which offers a financial support to employers who employ qualifying people on the Live Register.

JobsPlus offers payments of €7,500 and €10,000 per qualifying employee if a person who suits your requirements for a job has been unemployed for greater than 12 months (or 4 months in the case of people under 25 yrs. of age).

In order to qualify for JobsPlus, an eligible employer must offer full time employment of at least 30 hours per week, spanning at least four days per week to qualifying recruits.

To become an approved employer, register at www.jobsplus.ie

Frequently Asked Questions on JobPlus for employers is available at www.jobsplus.ie or by emailing [email protected]

National Internship Scheme (JobBridge)

JobBridge is the National Internship Scheme that provides work experience placements for Interns for a 6 or 9 month period.

Interns will receive an allowance of €52.50 per week on top of their existing social welfare entitlement which is payable by the Department of Social Protection.

Further information and guidelines on providing a JobBridge Internship is available at www.jobbridge.ie

First Steps – The Youth Development Internship

First Steps is a work placement scheme for 18-24 year olds, who are signing on the live register and who have limited or no experience of work. The objective is to provide them with an opportunity to learn and develop work skills, and gain relevant workplace experience.

Expressions of interest can be emailed to [email protected] and further information is available on http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/youth-development- internship.aspx