MINISTER for Social Protection Joan Burton is in Kilkenny today, and this morning she formally opened the new premises of Kilkenny Job Club on Friary Street in the city.
The club, which has been instrumental in helping many local people upskill and find work, made the move to the new building earlier this year, where it has more visibility and modern facilities. The centre features 12 new computers, courtesy of a generous sponsorship fund from State Street, and this means the club has been able to expand its offering and reach out to a wider audience.
“One of the things I always associate with Kilkenny – apart from hurling – is a strong sense of social enterprise,” said Minister Burton.
“I am delighted, on behalf of the Department, to be part of what I think is an important step for families and people of Kilkenny.”
Two years ago, the St Canice’s Community Action, under the auspices of the Father McGrath Centre, took over sponsorship of the Job Club. The centre has gone from strength to strength since, and today is the beginning of a new chapter in its efforts to motivate, upskill and give people the confidence to get back into the jobs market.