Jul 13

New Job Activation Programme Targets Long-term Unemployed.

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, Taoiseach Enda Kenny ,Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Education Minister Ruairi Quinn at the Digital Hub in Dublin at the launch of the Pathways to work scheme. Photograph: PA “Pathways to Work 2013” is an update on the plan of the same name from February 2012 and devises a comprehensive plan of action for jobless people to find gainful employment.

The document contains a “50-point plan to fight long-term unemployment”. They incorporate many of the aspirations from last year’s plan but officials said yesterday that at least 25 are new innovations. These new elements include the youth guarantee scheme, a Europe-wide initiative to guarantee work or training for young people, which was agreed during Ireland’s EU presidency as well as the imminent involvement of the private sector for the first time in designing and managing job-activation schemes.

Main difference
The document was launched in the Digital Skills Academy in Dublin’s Digital Hub by the Taoiseach, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn.

Mr Kenny emphasised that the main difference between Pathways to Work 2013 and its 2012 predecessor was its emphasis on the long-term unemployed, those who were without jobs for 12 months and more.

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