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Organization : Government of Ireland
Facility Name : Apply for Work Placement Experience Programme
Country : Ireland
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What is Work Placement Experience Programme?

The Work Placement Experience Programme (WPEP) is a 6-month, 30 hour per week voluntary work experience programme. The programme is for jobseekers that are currently getting a qualifying social welfare payment and who have been unemployed for six months (156 days) or more. The weekly rate of payment is €311. You can work part-time while you are on the programme, provided the part-time work does not impact your placement. The part-time work cannot be with the WPEP host.

Related / Similar Status : Government of Ireland Apply for Jobseeker Allowance

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How To Qualify Work Placement Experience Programme?

To qualify for the Work Placement Experience Programme, you must be a jobseeker:
** aged between 18 and 65 years, and
** on a qualifying scheme for at least 6 months (156 days), and
** currently getting certain social welfare payments

The qualifying payments are:
** Jobseeker’s Allowance
** Jobseeker’s Benefit
** Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment
** One-Parent Family Payment
** Disability Allowance
** Blind Pension
** Farm Assist
** Jobseeker’s Benefit for the Self-Employed

Time spent on the schemes below may be counted as part of the 6 month (156 day) qualifying criteria. You must transfer to a Jobseekers’ payment before you can take up the placement.

How To Apply Work Placement Experience Programme?

You can apply for WPEP by registering on
Once registered, you can apply for WPEP vacancies advertised on JobsIreland

Application Form :

Activation and Family Support Programme Policy Section
Department of Social Protection,
Shannon Lodge,
Co. Leitrim,
N41 KD81.

Phone number: 071 9672500

Funding of Work Placement Experience Programm

** Activation and Family Support Programme funding is only available to organisations that run courses to help jobseekers find work.
** The Activation and Family Support Programme will usually not fund more than 50% of the overall cost of the programme.
** Funding can cover varying amounts, depending on the cost of the programme you intend to provide. Payments of over €30,000 will be paid in tranches.

Payment Rate of Family Support Programme

** The weekly rate of payment is €311.
** If you are entitled to additional benefits such as Fuel Allowance, Living Alone Increase or Telephone Support Allowance, you can get these in addition to the main WPEP payment.

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