The Training Support Grant is designed to fund quick access to short term training or related interventions, obtain or renew certification and permits for individual jobseekers that have identified work opportunities or where Case Officers have identified an immediate skills gap that represents an obstacle to taking up a job offer.
The primary focus of this scheme is on jobseekers and on supporting the activation policy of the department.
A Case Officer can approve a grant for someone seeking employment under this scheme where:
Each jobseeker can get a maximum amount of €500 per annum.
Payment can be approved when:
Providers must be located on the island of Ireland.
The maximum contribution that can be approved and paid for essential driver training is €250. Driving tuition for HGV/Rigid/Bus should be considered as a separate intervention within these guidelines. Driving tuition should only be funded when there is clear evidence of potential employment.
All applications or referrals for support under the scheme must be made via a Case Officer.
Learn more about the scheme from staff at your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office.
The quoted cost of the measures should be compared to a list of costs maintained in the division to ensure that costs are in line with expectation and to ensure best value for money is being achieved. Case officer should also consider the location of the course and distance the customer has to travel.
Training providers will be required to submit quotations for the full amount. The Case Officer should advise the jobseeker of the grant amount available.
Payment can be approved when the applicant attends the programme, undertakes the relevant assessments and achieves certification OR does not achieve certification but the trainer and applicant confirm applicant undertook full assessment but did not meet the standard required.