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What is the Work Placement Experience Programme?

The Work Placement Experience Programme (WPEP) is a six-month initiative aimed at providing voluntary work experience for jobseekers currently receiving a qualifying social welfare payment. It is designed for individuals who have been unemployed for at least six months (156 days). The programme offers 30 hours of work per week and aims to help individuals build new skills and gain work experience in areas where they have not previously worked.

Participants are also allowed to work part-time while on the programme, as long as the part-time job does not interfere with their placement and is not with the Work Placement Experience Programme host.

How to Qualify for Work Placement Experience Programme:

To qualify for the Work Placement Experience Programme, you must be:

  • Aged between 18 and 65 years
  • On a qualifying scheme for at least six months (156 days)
  • Currently receiving a certain social welfare payment
  • The following payments are considered qualifying for the Work Placement Experience Programme:

    Time spent on the following schemes may count towards the six-month qualifying criteria, although you must transfer to a Jobseeker's payment before you can begin the placement:

  • Community Employment Programme
  • Back to Education Allowance
  • Youthreach
  • Springboard
  • Solas Training Programmes
  • TÚS - Community Work Placement Initiative
  • Rural Social Scheme
  • For more specific information on participant eligibility, you can refer to the Work Placement Experience Programme Guidelines or consult with your local Intreo Centre..

    Rates of Payment:

    Participants in the Work Placement Experience Programme receive a weekly payment of €323. If you are eligible for additional benefits such as the Fuel Allowance (NFS1), Living Alone Increase (LA1), or Telephone Support Allowance, you can receive these in addition to the main Work Placement Experience Programme payment.

    How to Apply:

    You can apply for the Work Placement Experience Programme by registering on JobsIreland.ie.

    Once registered, you can apply for Work Placement Experience Programme vacancies advertised on JobsIreland.

    Work Placement Experience Programme (WPEP1)

    Personal Learning Plan (WPEP2)

    Host Organisation Monthly Compliance Checklist (WPEP3)

    Notification Participant Early Finish (WPEP7)