Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow and East Carlow John Brady TD has called for JobPath to be scrapped.
Speaking this morning, Teachta Brady said:
“JobPath was first piloted in Longford and Bray in 2015 as a new job activation scheme. It is based on a model of contracting employment services for the unemployed out to private companies. So far, 97,000 people have been referred to JobPath.
"Last week we launched a social media campaign around JobPath to hear from people about their experiences. The feedback is damning of this scheme.
“There are serious concerns around JobPath and the way in which Turas Nua and Seetec are dealing with jobseekers.
“We have no idea of the costs involved despite taxpayers footing the bill. We have no idea of the jobs being found for Jobseekers. This lack of transparency is worrying.
“The Government’s prioritisation of JobPath is having a huge impact on Community Employment and Local Employment Services who are losing out.
“We are calling for a full and urgent review of JobPath with an eye to abolish it outright.
"Jobseekers should not be used by private companies to make profits. Job activation needs to be managed by the Department of Social Protection and without the interference of companies whose only interest is profit.
“We will be collecting all of the feedback we receive online to form a report on JobPath which we hope to launch over the recess.
"Today, we launch our leaflet and postcard campaign and we will asking people to sign the postcard in objection to JobPath and these will be delivered to the Minister for Social Protection.”