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 getting a qualifying social welfare payment and who have been unemployed for six months (156 days) or more.
The minimum weekly rate of your personal rate is €335. You may also get an extra amount for your adult dependant called an Increase for a Qualified Adult (IQA). An adult dependant is usually your spouse or civil partner.
If you would like to re-train and gain experience in another type of employment, this programme can help you build new skills and gain work experience. You cannot take a placement where you already have built up experience in the role.
You can work part-time while you are on the programme, provided the part-time work does not impact your placement. The part-time work cannot be with the WPEP host.
How to qualify
To qualify for the Work Placement Experience Programme, you must be a jobseeker:
aged between 18 and 65 years, and
on a qualifying scheme for at least 6 months (156 days), and
The WPEP Guidelines
provide information on participant eligibility or you can check with your local Intreo Centre
Employment Personal Advisor to see if you are entitled to take part in any scheme or placement.
Rate of payment
The weekly rate of payment is €335 plus any additional payments you may be entitled to for a Qualified Adult or a Qualified Child.