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ESF 3.64: Employment Aid Programme

Project Cost: €14,102,661
Beneficiary: Employment and Training Corporation
Line Ministry: Ministry for Education and Employment
Start Date: 2009
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The Employment Aid Programme contributes towards the integration of disadvantaged persons and disabled persons in the labour market. It facilitates access to employment through financial assistance and upgrades the skills of those furthest away from the labour market through work experience. Employers will receive a grant equivalent to 50% of the wage costs in case of disadvantaged persons or 75% for the first and 60% for the subsequent second and third year (excluding NI) in the case of persons with disability, for a definite time period, depending on the target group.Groups targeted by this scheme are:

Operational Programme: OPII Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life ESF
Fund: European Social Fund
Operational Objective: To contribute towards the integration, retention and progression of disadvantaged groups in the labour market, whilst addressing labour market distortions.
Priority Axis: PA3 Promoting and equal and inclusive labour market
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIIPA3 Promoting an inclusive society.

Project Objectives

The Employment Aid Programme aims to promote inclusive labour market by encouraging employers to recruit disadvantaged persons and persons with disability.

Project Results

Around 1,350 jobseekers will be employed through the assistance of the Aid Scheme, this will contribute to economic growth, whilst also reduce the number of registered unemployed and leave savings from social assistance benefits paid.

Project Purpose

The Employment Aid Programme aims to: increase job opportunities for disadvantaged groups and disabled persons in the labour market; upgrade their skills through work experience and therefore enhance their employment prospects; enhance the financial independence of disadvantaged persons and prevent social exclusion and marginalisation