Tús is a community work placement scheme that was launched by the Department of Social Protection in 2011. The Dublin North West Area Partnership (TAP) implements and manages the scheme across the Finglas, Cabra, Ashtown/Navan Road and Botanic/Drumcondra areas.
One participant on the scheme, Julie, has successfully progressed to a FETAC Level 5 course in childcare following her placement with the Mellow Spring Childcare Development Centre in Finglas.
Julie started work on the Tús community work placement this year and will finish her placement in January 2014. Rachel Duff Operations Manager at Mellow Spring assisted Julie in securing a place on the FETAC Level 5 childcare course. Speaking about Julie Rachel said, “her hard work and enthusiasm has paid off and I take satisfaction in knowing that we played a part in helping Julie discover her talents as a child care worker. Since 2011 we have employed three people who took part in various work initiatives and we will continue to facilitate Tús placements because there are some really good candidates out there”.
Rachel believes the Tús initiative has played a vital part in providing short-term quality and suitable working opportunities for those who are unemployed. She would like to see more participants, like Julie, progress further in some manner be it work or training. “Community organisations like ourselves benefit from the Tús Program and we try to do as much as we can for participants who work hard and express an interest. I believe organsations facilitating strong participants should provide, where possible, up-skilling, work opportunities or further training. It is disheartening to see a great participant revert to the Live Register after twelve months without feeling they have developed or gained a new skill. The Tús placement should be a reciprocal process for both the participant and the facilitator”.
Mellow Spring Childcare Development Centre is a crèche with a strong emphasis on Childcare Development. The crèche takes a holistic approach towards teaching and follows the HighScope early years education model. The programme throughout the crèche is designed to cater for each specific age group from babies through to pre-schoolers.
Community and voluntary groups and organisations can avail of the services of a Tús participant for nineteen and a half hours a week over a twelve month period, provided certain eligibility criteria are met.
For further details on how your community can benefit from the Tús scheme in the TAP area, please contact Debbie Whelan, Tús Supervisor, Dublin North West Area Partnership, Rosehill House, Finglas, Dublin 11. E-mail: email@example.com or phone: 01 836 1666