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Information for younger jobseekers - 18-24 08 Mar 2018 07:09 #6453

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Information for younger jobseekers

Young people must meet the same conditions as other jobseekers to get a jobseeker's payment but they may need targeted supports to help them enter the workforce. A Youth Guarantee was introduced (see below) to support all young jobseekers and give them access to training, education, work experience or full-time employment.

Jobseeker's Allowance
If you have just left school you cannot get Jobseeker's Allowance. To get Jobseeker's Allowance you must have been out of school for 3 months and you must be at least 18 years of age. The 3-month period starts from the day you leave school or the day following your last exam if you are doing exams.

People aged under 26 who do not have children get a reduced rate of Jobseeker's Allowance. If they take up a place on an education, training or work experience scheme they will get a higher rate of payment. You can visit our documents on education and training options and on employment support schemes to get more information on the rates paid.

Maximum rate of JA for people under 26 without children (from 8 March 2017)
Age Personal rate Increase for a qualified adult
18 - 24 €102.70 €102.70
25 €147.80 €128.10
The reduced personal and qualified adult rates of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) for people under 26 do not apply to:

People with dependent children
People transferring from Disability Allowance to JA
People aged 22-25 who were getting a higher rate before 15 January 2014
People whose claim is linked to a previous JA claim made within the previous 12 months to which the maximum personal rate applied
Certain children who were in the care of the HSE during the 12 months before reaching 18. These people are assessed using the JA rate for people aged 26 or over. This exception only applies between the ages of 18 and 24. From the age of 25, the age-related rate applies.
If you were getting an age-related reduced rate of JA and you take part in a course of education or training or an employment scheme the reduced personal rate of payment applicable to that course or scheme will apply as long as you are aged under 26. When you complete the course, you will revert to your previous age-related JA rate.

Jobseeker's Benefit
You must have at least 104 social insurance contributions (2 years) to qualify for Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB). This means that many young people do not qualify for Jobseeker’s Benefit if they lose their job or cannot find employment. If you worked part-time during school or college you may have enough PRSI contributions to qualify for JB but if your average weekly earnings were below €300 you may only qualify for a lower rate of JB.

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NB; What are 16 & 17 year olds supposed to do ?
As many quit school at 16; leave care or are thrown out of a home,
Like me but I did it all at 15, Lucky for me back then we had a Labour Goverment and plenty of Work around,
But Now ......................
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Information for younger jobseekers - 18-24 08 Mar 2018 09:29 #6455

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I was lucky (or maybe unlucky?) to land a factory job upon leaving school Paul as it seems back then we were all given choices from various people of what to do/where to go. This two year `gap` between 16 and 18 is like a no-mans land for young people and this is when it is vital to capture their energy and vision, not to tell them they can`t claim JSA or housing benefit. They might as well disappear. I ask myself, why did they bother to educate them if they stop supporting them after leaving school?
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