State employment plan just isn't working at all
With unemployment at its highest level, the ESRI's conclusion that the National Employment Action Plan isn't working is extremely disturbing. Unless these labour market activation measures can be made effective, the numbers trapped in unemployment will continue to rise.
Under NEAP, anyone who has been signing on for three months is automatically interviewed by FAS. If they don't show up for the interview their dole payments are stopped.
The NEAP interview is supposed to produce one of four outcomes; a place on a training course, a place on an employment programme, work experience or referral to the local employment service for more intensive guidance.