Pathways to Work 2021-2025

12 July 2021 

Government unveils ambitious plan to get people back to work post-pandemic

From Department of Social Protection Published on 

The government has today launched Pathways to Work 2021-2025 – an ambitious new strategy designed to drive employment as Ireland recovers from COVID-19.

The national employment strategy, which contains 83 commitments across all government departments, was launched today in Dundalk by Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris, and Minister of State with responsibility for Business and Employment Damien English.

Pathways to Work builds on the government’s Economy Recovery Plan in kick-starting a jobs rich recovery, ensuring there are 2.5 million people in work by 2024.

The strategy will remove barriers to employment, provide tens of thousands of training and education places, significantly enhance the Public Employment Service, provide incentives to employers to take people off the Live Register, and deliver a special package of supports for young people.

Among the key commitments include:

  • strategy aims to help 75,000 long-term unemployed into work
  • subsidies of up to €10,000 for employers who take people off the Live Register
  • new Work Placement Experience Programme to provide 10,000 paid, quality placements
  • special package of supports for young people; Youth unemployment to reduce from 44% to 12.5% by 2023
  • 50,000 further and higher education training places to be provided
  • €1,000 Training Support Grant for jobseekers
  • focus on utilising Remote Working and e-Learning opportunities to help people into the workforce
  • new Pay Related Jobseekers Payment to be developed

See the full press release here.