A range of new Government measures designed to protect the future of Community Employment (CE) Schemes will widen the range of people in Kilkenny can take part. That’s according to Fine Gael TD, John Paul Phelan.
“Thankfully the number of CE Scheme participants has fallen as the Live Register continues to fall. The latest CSO data for March shows that the Live Register dropped by 42.9% in Kilkenny since the launch of Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012. The national unemployment rate is now down to 6.4 %, which is down from 8.3 % a year ago.
The Fine Gael TD continued on by stating “However it’s important that we reform CE Schemes to ensure a greater number of long-term unemployed people here in Kilkenny can take up the places, gain valuable skills and experience, and support community services.
“There will be a strong focus on social inclusion in the future alongside the traditional purpose of helping people into the workforce. CE Schemes provide work experience and training for people who are long-term unemployed, but they also benefit communities across the
“One of the changes is a reduction in the entry age for CE Schemes from 25 to 21 years of age, allowing more young people here in Kilkenny to take part.
Mr. Phelan concluded by commenting on how the
“I have seen at first-hand how these