Employment Service Support Statistical Factsheet (June 2014 to September 2015) published

Date published: 22 June 2016

The Employment Service Support (ESS) statistical factsheet, providing key statistics on the number of starts on ESS and the number of those assisted into employment, was published by the Department for Communities today.

Key findings:

  • a total of 5,400 participants started ESS over its duration (June 2014 – March 2015)
  • the 18-24 age category accounted for approximately half of all starts
  • the most popular strands undertaken were the Short Accredited Training Courses and the Youth Employment Scheme Skills Development strand
  • in the period up to September 2015, a total of 5,397 participants left ESS, of which 33% moved into unsubsidised employment                

Notes to editors: 

  1. Employment Service Support (ESS) was introduced as an interim measure to facilitate the transition between the Steps to Work and Steps 2 Success employment programmes in Northern Ireland. ESS was introduced in June 2014 and referrals ended in March 2015, however participants remained on ESS until they had completed their provision.
  2. unsubsidised employment is employment that has not been subsided by the Department.
  3. the publication is based on participants who left the programme up to September 2015. 
  4. this is the final publication in the series. Previous publications are available from the Department’s website
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