Are you considering a training course, or thinking about going back to education?
You can continue to receive certain social welfare payments while undertaking training and education programmes; from short term courses to part-time and full-time education.
To find out more about the department’s financial supports to access training or education visit our dedicated webpage.
There is a wide range of apprenticeships available these days, from Insurance degrees to becoming an electrician. These structured training programmes are an ideal way to earn as you learn, develop your career and gain a qualification.
can help you access a range of work experience programmes. You can gain valuable experience to help you move to a new job.
Work Placement Experience Programme
The Work Placement Experience Programme
(WPEP) is a 6-month, 30 hour per week voluntary work experience programme. The programme is for jobseekers that are currently in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment and who have been unemployed for six months (156 days) or more.
Community Employment Programme (CE)
The Community Employment Programme
helps long-term jobseekers get back to work by offering part-time and temporary placements in jobs in local communities.
This experience is of value to the community and provides you with real work experience.
The Rural Social Scheme
provides a supplementary income for farmers and fishermen or women that provide services that benefit rural communities, and are unable to earn an adequate living.
Voluntary Work Option
The Voluntary Work Option
allows jobseekers to work in the voluntary sector. If you want to do voluntary work and continue to get a jobseeker’s payment, you must apply before starting.
Job opportunities in Ireland
connects people looking for work with potential employers throughout Ireland. It links anyone who is looking for employment, or thinking about changing job or career direction with employers who are advertising vacancies and actively hiring. Find out more at JobsIreland.ie.
is an incentive for employers that encourages and rewards them to employ jobseekers on the Live Register. You might want to share this information with an employer.
Job opportunities throughout Europe
Have you ever considered working in another European country?
Do you know that there are thousands of job opportunities across Europe?
Discover jobs and get practical information and advice on living and working in another European country.
can support your income while you get your business off the ground. There are other government supports to help you grow and manage your business. To find out more about these supports visit our dedicated webpage.
Benefit of Work Estimator
Benefit of Work Estimator for jobseekers and people receiving One-Parent Family payments
The Benefit of Work Estimator
for jobseekers and people receiving One-Parent Family payments shows how starting work or increasing your work hours could affect your income, leaving most people better off financially.