Low Farm Income or Unemployed? Explore Your Options with RSS & Tús
Are you looking for an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, develop new skills, and contribute to your community? Look no further than the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) and Tús programmes!

Low Farm Income or Unemployed? Explore Your Options with RSS & Tús! 

Are you looking for an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, develop new skills, and contribute to your community?

Look no further than the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) and Tús programmes!

RSS:

We currently have several exciting vacancies available:

Benefits of Participation:

  • Gain valuable work experience in a supportive environment.
  • Develop new skills and knowledge relevant to the workplace.
  • Pension Contributions: Class A PRSI contributions which count towards your future pension, if eligible. (Farm Assist recipients do not receive credited contributions)
  • Extra Income: A minimum weekly payment of €259.50 applies. You may also be entitled to increased payments in respect of a qualified adult and/or child dependents. The RSS payment replaces the Farm Assist payment i.e. a Farm Assist recipient receiving a payment of €50 will be paid €259.50 on RSS.
  • Social Support: Engaging in a supportive community environment.
  • Training Opportunities: Access to various training programmes.
  • Flexible Farm-Friendly Hours: Accommodating your farming responsibilities.
  • Annual Leave: Paid annual leave.
  • The RSS can offer diverse work placements tailored to accommodate different interests and skillsets, providing a fulfilling social experience. Opportunities range from administrative roles and social care to participation in tidy towns, sports-related projects, and community-led initiatives.

Tús:

All the work carried out by participants in the Tús scheme will be community-based

The types of projects eligible for the scheme can include:

  • Environmental services (for example, conservation and maintenance of national walkways)
  • Caring services (for example, childcare, care of older people)
  • General community services (for example, newsletters or information provision for communities)
  • Heritage and cultural services (for example, local heritage projects)
  • Educational services (for example, community playgroups)

Self-Selection/Referral Mechanism: If you are long-term unemployed and interested in participating in the Tús programme, you can self-select or be referred by your local Intreo office.

Benefits of Participation:

    • Gain valuable work experience in a community setting.
    • Develop new skills and knowledge relevant to the workplace.
    • Receive weekly payments while participating in the programme.
    • Improve your chances of securing future employment.

 

Since January 2024 the minimum weekly payment for participants (based on 19.5 hours worked) is €259.50.

If your Jobseeker’s Allowance payment (including increases for dependants) was €232 a week or less, then you will get the minimum Tús weekly rate of €259.50 (that is €232 plus €27.50).

If your weekly Jobseeker’s Allowance (including any increases for dependants) was €232.01 or more, then you will get the equivalent rate plus €27.50 (there are some exceptions to this).

Participants will keep any extra benefits and the medical card, provided they are still eligible.

To qualify for Tús, you must:

  • have been continuously unemployed for at least 12 months and “signing on” on a full-time basis and
  • have been receiving a jobseeker’s payment (Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance) from the department for at least 12 months and
  • be currently receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance or
  • be 18 years of age or over, fully unemployed and in receipt of Disability Allowance (no qualifying period applies, applications by self-referral only)
     
Those that wish to self refer for Tús, (JA/JB or DA) can also contact our Balla Office directly for the necessary paperwork. Balla Office: 094 936 6692
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