Irish Local Development Network

Promoting and supporting the work of Local Development Companies in Ireland

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Tús is managed by 50 Local Development Companies on behalf of the Department of Social Protection.

It is a community based labour market activation scheme which provides short-term work placement opportunities for unemployed people. The work opportunities are to benefit the community and are to be provided by community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas.

The types of work placements which participants could potentially obtain include:

  • Energy conservation work in homes and community buildings
  • Social care of all age groups and people with disabilities
  • Caretaking, securing, supervising of community buildings and spaces
  • Renovation of community and sporting facilities, including the regeneration and enhancement of community, recreation and sporting spaces
  • Work in support of cultural and heritage activities
  • Community administration and community event management
  • Coaching for sporting activities
  • Repair of equipment for the Third World – for example, farm tools, bicycles, computers, sewing machines, health equipment

As of January 2014, there were 7,123 participants on the Tús scheme.

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