Eligibility to take part in the scheme
To be eligible you must be a resident of the Isle of Man and generally have not been engaged in any paid work for a minimum of three months. If you have not been unemployed for three months, you can still apply and Treasury will consider whether exceptional circumstances apply such that you can still take part in the Scheme.
Individual applications are not available at this time as we are currently gathering vacancies supplied by Employers. We anticipate Individual applications to be available before the end of November when we will publicise this in the press and social media.
Your application will be received by members of the Social Security Division team who will check whether you are eligible for the scheme. Your contact details will then be sent to the agency who will contact you to set up an initial meeting.
How much you could be paid, and for how long
As with any employment, your employer must pay you a minimum of the minimum wage for your age. See the Minimum wage webpage for further details.
Your employer will be able to claim support with your wages for up to 52 weeks but it is hoped they will employ you for longer.
What support you will get
Paragon will meet with you to understand more about the sort of work you would like to undertake and what skills and experience you have. They can also help you prepare to be matched with an employer; for example, they may help you to prepare or update your CV, or prepare you for interview.
If you are successful in gaining employment via the scheme, the agency will keep in contact with you to make sure the work is going well and to discuss any issues you may have with a view to helping you address them.
You will also be allocated a mentor to provide ongoing support.
Not meeting employer's expectations
Paragon will work with you and your employer and try to help resolve any issues so that you can continue your employment. If this is unsuccessful they will continue to work with you and explore options to find alternative employment.