Tús

tus

Tús is a community work experience programme that offers a quality work experience for people who have been out of work.

All Tús work placements are in community organisations that benefit from additional human resources to deliver their services.

Northside Partnership runs this programme in our area for the Department of Social Protection. The department selects who will take part and Northside Partnership finds suitable work placements for them.

In 2014, we placed 200 people into work placements with community organisations in our area.

The Department of Social Protection chooses who can take part in the Tús programme in our area.

The people that they choose:

  • Have been out of work and getting a Jobseekers payment for a minimum of 12 months
  • Are living in an area where we work

If you are chosen to take part in the Tús programme, you will:

  • Have a quality work placement for 12 months
  • Work 19.5 hours per week
  • Get quality work experience that will help your chances of getting work
  • Continue to get your social welfare payment
  • Get a minimum payment of €215. 50 per week
  • Get 81 hours annual leave over the 12 months
  • Contribute your skills and experience to a community organisation
  • Get ongoing support from the community organisation that you are working for
  • Be signed off the live register and your social welfare payment and become an employee of Northside Partnership on work experience
  • Have ongoing support from one of our Tús Team Leaders

All of the work experience available is of benefit to both you and to the local community. Some examples of the positions available on work experience include:

  • Care assistants
  • Childcare assistants
  • Maintenance
  • Security
  • Sports coaching
  • Caretaking
  • Administration and clerical work

Where necessary, Garda clearance will be required.

  • If the Department of Social Protection choses you to take part in Tús they will contact you and let you know. They will ask you to respond to the offer.
  • If you agree to take part they will send us your details.
  • When we get your details we will contact you and ask you to meet with us. We will talk to you about Tús, your previous work and education experience, and the types of work experience you are interested in.
  • We will look at the work experience positions that we have.
  • We will identify which of these match your skills, personal qualities and areas of work that you are interested in.
  • We will then invite you to meet with us and the community organisation which is offering the work experience.
  • If your skills and qualities are a good match with a placement offered by a community organisation then you may be offered the work experience.
  • If your skills and qualities are not a good match for a placement offered by a community organisation then we will continue to look for a more suitable placement for you.

For more information about Tús

  • Contact your local Social Welfare Office
  • Read about the Tús programme on the web at www.welfare.ie

Toward the end of your work experience we will invite you to meet with us to:

  • Discuss and agree supports that are available to you to progress into further work or training
  • Give you final feedback on how you have performed on your work experience
  • Hear your views on the programme

When you have finished your work experience we will refer you back to the Department of Social Protection.

Any not-for-profit, community organisation operating in our area, who can offer suitable work experience can take part in Tús.

The work experience position you offer should be of value to the local community and meaningful to the person who takes up the role. We are open to considering any role offered within your organisation. Some examples of work experience positions we currently offer through Tús are:

  • Care assistants
  • Childcare assistants
  • Maintenance
  • Security
  • Sports coaching
  • Caretaking
  • Administration and clerical

Your organisation can expect:

  • To benefit from the skills and experience of the person who is placed with you
  • To contribute to the personal and professional development of the person who is placed with you
  • To develop and deliver your service with additional resources
  • The Human Resource administration of the person on the work experience placement, including wages, annual leave, sick leave and time sheets will be done by Northside Partnership.

We ask all organisations taking part in Tús to:

  • Work with us to choose a person who matches the skills and qualities that are needed for the role in your organisation
  • Provide a quality work experience in a meaningful role within your organisation.
  • Nominate a named person to give ongoing supervision and support to the person on work experience placement

If you are interested in providing a quality work placement to a person who has been chosen to take part in Tús, please contact us on the details below.

We will visit your organisation to:

  • Tell you about Tús
  • Assess the suitability of the  work experience role you are offering
  • Help you to write a job description for the role
  • Work with you to identify and choose a person that matches the role and your organisation