What is the YESS?

by Oct 30, 2020News0 comments

The Youth Employment Support Scheme is co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. The Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS) is a work experience placement programme which is specifically targeted at young jobseekers aged 18-24 years of age who are longterm unemployed or who face barriers to employment to increase their ability to obtain future full-time employment. The YESS will aim to provide jobseekers with the opportunity to learn basic work and social skills in a supportive environment while on a work placement. The scheme will provide a supportive structure for participants, including a designated DEASP Case Officer support for both Placement Hosts and Jobseekers. While participation on the YESS will be wholly voluntary for both parties involved, there will be certain qualifying and eligibility conditions that both placement hosts and jobseekers will have to satisfy. The scheme is available to eligible jobseekers and open to organisations in the private, community and voluntary sectors only (legal entity and/or a charity recognised by the Revenue Commissioners (with a CHY number). Employers in receipt of an allowance / payment from the DEASP may not participate on the YESS (Back to work enterprise allowance (BTWEA); TUS, Farm Assist, etc.) The scheme is also open to Sole Traders, who satisfy the conditions of the Scheme. An organisation, or a local branch, must certify that they have a minimum of 1 full-time employee who is employed for 30 hours or more per week (ie. On payroll and subject to PAYE and PRSI). There is a limit on the number of participants that an organisation can host on the YESS (outlined in the YESS Guidelines) Placement hosts should not have vacancies in the area of activity in which the placement is offered and cannot offer a placement if they have made an employee redundant in the last 6 months. Placements should be created specifically to provide a jobseeker with a work experience opportunity.

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