TÚS Programme


Tus.pngTús is a Community Work Placement Initiative. In Meath, the Tús Scheme is administered by Meath Partnerhship on behalf of the Department of Social Protection (DSP). The aims of Tús is to provide a 12 month work opportunity for persons in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance. These work placements are designed to help jobseekers develop and update their skills in order to progress to full time employment. 


Types of Work

All work carried out by participants in the Tús scheme will be in community and voluntary organisations and may not displace or replace existing jobs. These organisations are required to provide good quality work opportunities to Tús participants.  The types of projects eligible for the scheme may include:

  • Environmental services e.g. conservation and maintenance of national walkways
  • Caring services e.g. childcare, care of older people
  • General community services e.g. newsletters and community information provision
  • Heritage and cultural services e.g. local heritage projects
  • Para-educational services e.g. community playgroups

Selection of Participants

Participants will, in the first instance, be identified and contacted by the DSP by satisfying the following conditions:

  • A person who has been continuously unemployed for at least 12 months and “signing” on full-time and
  • In receipt of a jobseekers payment from the DSP for at least 12 months, and
  • Currently in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance.

During Placement

All placements are for a maximum period of 12 months. It should also be noted that a participant cannot re-participate on this initiative for a minimum of 3 years. Tús participants will work a 19.5 hour week. The rates of payment will be equivalent to your existing Jobseeker’s Allowance plus a €20 top-up with a minimum payment of €208 (there are some exceptions to this). Participants will retain any secondary benefits and their medical card provided they are still eligible. The Tús payment is taxable and participants are exempt from the Universal Social Charge. Participants will also have an entitlement to 10½ days annual leave and are entitled to a paid day off in relation to Public Holidays. Participants will be able to consider commercial employment and will be supported to pursue this. However, any such work must not interfere with the participant’s work on Tús and it is open to participants to terminate their contract if they are offered alternative employment or training. 

Meath Partnership will provide participants with training appropriate to their placement such as Manual Handling, Fás Safe Pass etc. Participants can also avail of Meath Partnership’s “Return to Employment” programme, which offers services such as CV and Cover Letter preparation, Interview Coaching etc. As funding allows, Meath Partnership will also arrange training in other fields such as personal development, information on self employment and further education.


Community and Voluntary Sector

Any organisation hoping to recruit a participant must work in the community, voluntary or not for profit sector. Sponsor organisations seeking work placements should contact the Tús team in Meath Partnership on 046 9280790. An application form may be downloaded hereEngaging Tús participants is a great opportunity to access skilled, talented potential employees and have 12 month lead-time to gauge the caliber of these candidate employees. 

Youth Employment Initiative

The Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) is tackling the high levels of youth unemployment and the associated risk of a lost generation across Europe. In 2012, Ireland’s youth unemployment rate reached a peak of 33%, making Ireland eligible for funding from the YEI.  The YEI in Ireland is being delivered using ESF support. The Youth Employment target group is young people under the age of 25 not in employment, education, or training. Meath Partnership is supporting under 25's through YEI activities under the Tús and SICAP programmes.

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Further Information on the Tús scheme can be found on the Department of Social Protection FAQ page.

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