Kilkenny is to get 52 new ‘social employment’ posts for the long-term unemployed, under a new programme for county councils.
The 52 positions will be spread throughout the Kilkenny County Council area and will see people take up various positions within their communities, enhancing local amenities and carrying out improvement works in their relevant areas.
Local Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan says the new scheme will be similar to a FAS Scheme, and will give many men and women a great chance to re-enter the workforce and gain new skills, while also contributing toward the fabric of their community.
“These 52 new posts for Kilkenny are among 3,000 new places being created nationally,” he said.
“It’s great news for communities right across Kilkenny and follows hot on the heels of our fantastic ranking in the recent IBAL litter league where Kilkenny swept the boards and was Ireland’s cleanest area and one of 22 areas deemed cleaner than European norms.
Details of who is eligible, where the schemes will operate and how and where people can apply will be confirmed shortly.
“These schemes will provide invaluable training and a reintroduction to the working world for many men and women who through no fault of their own find themselves out of work,” said Deputy Phelan.
“I would hope that many former construction workers who have an abundance of skills to offer will take up these places.”
It is hoped that local clubs and associations, amenity areas and common community areas will be enhanced through the scheme. The issue was raised at the October 2012 meeting of Kilkenny County Council by Cllr Pat Dunphy who asked that the council seek approval for FAS type schemes to be included in December’s budget.