Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS)

A new Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS) will be introduced in Quarter 2, 2018. It is targeted at young jobseekers who are long-term unemployed or who face barriers to employment. The programme aims to provide them with the opportunity to learn basic work and social skills in a supportive environment while on a work placement. 

Candidate eligibility

Candidates must be aged between 18 and 24 and have been out of work and in receipt of a qualifying payment for at least 12 months, or if unemployed for less than 12 months, be considered by a case officer to face a significant barrier to work. 

Candidates must also be in receipt of one of the following qualifying payments:

Jobseekers Allowance, Jobseekers Benefit, One Parent Family Payment, Jobseeker Transition Payment, Disability Allowance, Blind Person’s Pension, Supplementary Welfare Allowance.Note: Time spent on Active Labour Market Programmes will count towards eligibility for the YESS if the person was 18 years or older while on the programme and completed it in full, and is in receipt of a qualifying payment immediately prior to starting a YESS placement.

Host Organisation eligibility

There will be clear eligibility requirements for Host Organisations to participate on the scheme. They must agree to Terms and Conditions when they advertise a placement.

Work Placement Terms and Conditions

Participation on YESS is completely voluntary. There will be no financial penalties if jobseekers do not wish to participate in the scheme or if participants drop out.

Participants will receive a payment equivalent to the net minimum wage.

Participants will be required to work 30 hours per week.

The standard duration of the work experience programme will be 3 months, with an option to extend the placement further to 6 or 9 months with the consent of the Department.

A designated case officer will liaise with the participant and Host Organisation throughout the period of the placement, to monitor how well it is progressing for both parties and provide appropriate advice/support.  This will include a formal review meeting after 2 months, which will facilitate requests for an extension of the duration to 6 months. 

Learning and development outcomes for each placement will be identified.  These will include a range of ‘soft’ (employability) skills as well as any specific ‘hard’ skills that will be acquired or demonstrated during the placement. The Host Organisation will complete an assessment for the participant at the end of the placement.

At the end of the placement, Host Organisations will be encouraged to hire satisfactory participants (i.e. offer them paid employment) and will qualify for a subsidy under the JobsPlus Youth incentive.

More detailed information will be published nearer the launch date.  For more information visit  Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS)

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