Minister Regina Doherty has called it “the most successful [jobs] activation programme” in the history of the state.
Yet only 6% of the more than 200,000 people referred to the controversial JobPath programme have held down a job for more than a year despite a spend of €182 million.
An academic study has also been highly critical of the scheme with participants in their research describing how they had feelings of having been “cajoled, threatened, manipulated and bullied”.
The scheme was already supposed to have been stood down. However, in September it was extended for another year because of “Brexit uncertainty”.
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