Last edited: May 14, 2010 Here is a list of some support schemes that are there to help people get back to work , with links from www.welfare.ie: Getting work as an employee: Work Placement Programme; Programme that brings employers and the unemployed together for a nine month work experience placement. Revenue Job Assist: Additional tax allowance for people iwho have been unemployed for 12 months or more and who are now returning to employment. Part-time Job Incentive Scheme: Allows persons who are long-term unemployed (15 months +) to take up part-time employment for less than 24 hours per week and receive a special weekly income supplement. Family Income Supplement: If you have a child, and you and/or your partner is working. Should also be checked out if your income has reduced as you may now come under the income threshold to qualify. Self-employed Scheme: Back-to-Work Enterprise Allowance; To help people go self-employed and retain SW entitlements for 2 years. Short-term Enterprise Allowance: There is no qualifying period for this new scheme. You can get immediate access to the allowance but you must meet the qualifying conditions. Education Schemes: Back to College Initiative: 2,500 free part-time college places were made available to certain jobseekers from Sept 2009. Back to Education Allowance: Second Level and Third Level education option for jobseekers. Part-time Education Allowance: Same as above, but for part-time students. All the schemes are open only to people on certain SW payments, or with an underlying means-tested entitlement to such schemes as Jobseeker's Allowance. Rules have been relaxed in some instances for those made redundant who can qualify immediately or after a short period of time. Watch future budgets for any changes to qualifying condiitions for these schemes.