Who can participate on Tús
Participants will, in the first instance, be identified by the Department of Social Protection by satisfying the following conditions:
- A person who has been continuously unemployed for at least 12 months and “signing” on a full-time basis, and
- In receipt of a jobseekers payment from the Department of Social Protection for at least 12 months, and
- Currently in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Participant Queries What are the eligibility requirements?
To be eligible and selected to participate, a person must:
- Have been continuously unemployed for at least 12 months and “signing” on a full-time basis, and
- Be in receipt of a jobseekers payment from the Department of Social Protection for at least 12 months, and
- Be in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Will it be possible to apply to participate on Tús?
Generally, contact will be made by the Department of Social Protection to those on the Live Register, however, individuals who satisfy the criteria, can now self-refer on to the programme. However, there is a catchment area quota and placements available for self-referrals are limited. Please call a member of the Tús Team on 01 836 1666 for more information.
What are the rates of pay for participants?
The Tús rates of payment will be equivalent to your existing Jobseeker’s Allowance plus an additional top-up of €22.50. The minimum payment on Tús is €215.50, (including U-25s)
How will participants be paid?
All participants will be paid directly into their bank accounts (EFT).
Can a participant’s spouse participate instead of the person selected by the Department?
No. Only the person who fulfils the eligibility conditions and is selected can participate.
Can the participant do other work while participating on Tús?
While on Tús, participants will be able to consider commercial employment and will be supported to pursue this. However, any such work must not interfere with the participant’s work on Tús or the times they are expected to work on Tús as this will be the participant’s principal work/income and they must undertake to contact the Revenue Commissioners with regard to any other work undertaken to ensure tax compliance etc.
While participating on Tús, it is open to participants to terminate their contract if they are offered alternative commercial employment or training.