Back in December 2012, the Gov announced a new scheme, similar to Back to Education Allowance, which will provide free education and training projects for up to 6,500 long-term unemployed jobseekers.
Press Release here
welfare.ie/en/pressoffice/Pa … 81212.aspx
This scheme reminds me very much of JobBridge, which also has around 6,000 places. Momentum, like JobBridge, also now has its own dedicated website
To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
1.Be unemployed for 12 months or longer and
2.Be in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit or on the Live Register for 12 months or longer (signing on for Social Insurance Contribution Credits for 12 months or longer) and
3.Be actively seeking work.
Now, is it just me or could they not have just increased the Back to Education Allowance criteria and places? Why a new scheme?
Or is this a cynical attempt to get the Live Register down by another 6,500 people?
Anyone taking up a Momentum place will still be in receipt of their state payment, but will of course, like BTEA, FÁS courses and JobBridge, not appear on the Live Register.