TÚS Community Work Placement Scheme

TÚS aims to provide short-term, quality work opportunities for those who are unemployed and to provide certain services of benefit to communities.

TÚS will be managed at a local level, on behalf of the Department of Social Protection, by the Local Development Companies and in the Gaeltacht by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

South West Kerry Development Partnership has an allocation of 100 places in its area of operation.

Community & Voluntary Organisations have a key role in proposing and providing work placements that will provide Participants with valuable working opportunities in good quality work settings. Those who participate will improve their work readiness and will be able to apply their skills and learn new ones. TÚS has both an urban and rural focus and is built on the proven architecture of the Rural Social Scheme.

Who can participate on TÚS?
  • A person must be unemployed and in receipt of a jobseeker’s payment for at least 12 months, and In receipt of a jobseekers payment from the Department of Social Protection for at least 12 months, and
  • Currently be in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance and
  • Be fully unemployed.

The Department of Social Protection will identify and contact persons on the Live Register who satisfy the criteria and offer them the opportunity to be considered for local placement as opportunities arise.

When those indentified agree to participate, they will be referred to the Local Development Company operating in their area for interview and consideration for placement.

The Local Development Companies will maintain a panel from which persons will be recruited.

As placement opportunities arise, those on the panel will be matched with the work and recruited.

Prior to being offered a placement, it will be necessary to ensure that a person’s general suitability for the work involved and their experience of similar work, is established.

Participants will work for 19.5 hours a week and the placement lasts 12 months.

Types of projects carried out are likely to include:
  • Energy conservation work in homes and community buildings
  • Social care of all age groups and persons with a disability or limited mobility
  • Caretaking, securing, supervising of community buildings and spaces
  • Renovation of community and sporting facilities, including the regeneration and enhancement of community, recreation and sporting spaces
  • Work in support of the promotion of the Irish language, other cultural and heritage activities
  • Community administration, research and community event mangement
  • Coaching for sporting activities (where operated by designated sporting organisations)
  • Repair of equipment for developing world – farm tools, bicycles, computers, sewing machines, health equipment.

For further information, you can contact your local SKDP Office:


More detailed information is available on the Department of Social Protection website: