Tús (Community Work Placement Initiative)

The Tús initiative is a community work placement scheme which provides short-term working opportunities for unemployed people. The work opportunities benefit the local community and are provided by community and voluntary organisations in both urban and rural areas. Tús aims to break the cycle of unemployment and to prepare each person for a return to the labour market. Being employed gives people a sense of purpose and provides a structure to life. It also gives a great sense of social inclusion, identity and status while affording opportunities for development and increased confidence.

Self-Refer: There is now a “Self Refer” process for unemployed people who are eligible for this scheme and applicants can apply by contacting their local office. Participants on Tús can take up other employment provided it does not interfere with the work and times of the Tús placement. If participants are offered alternative work or training they may terminate their placement contract if they wish.

Working Hours: Participants will work for 19.5 hours per week and placement lasts for 12 months. They will receive the same statutory (pro rata) annual leave and public holiday entitlement as other employees.

Tús payment while participating: The Tús rates of payment will be equivalent to your existing Jobseeker’s Allowance plus a €22.50 top-up with a minimum payment of €225.50. All Tús payments will be made by Electronic Fund Transfer into your bank account or credit union account. 

Tús Secondary Benefits: You may keep any secondary benefits you had before you took up the scheme such as fuel allowance & medical card, subject to income levels. 

To be eligible to participate on 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 Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection for at least 12 months; and be currently receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Community & Voluntary Groups

Does your organisation have projects which require a labour input? The Tús Scheme (or Rural Social Scheme) may be able to help. An application form for community groups to avail of the scheme can be downloaded (see below).


For further information contact: 

Offaly Local Development Company
Millennium House,
Main St,
Co. Offaly

Tel: 057 9322 850 


This is a  Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection service, fully funded by the Department, and delivered under contract in Offaly by OLDC for and on behalf of the Department.