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Limerick allocated additional 90 places in the Community Employment Scheme

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Community Employment Scheme – Minister of State with responsibility for Business and Employment Damien English, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, the Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Minister O’Brien, Minister in the Department of Rural and Community Development and Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys at the Louth Meath Education Training Board (LMETB) in Dundalk. Photo: Maxwells

Limerick allocated additional 90 places in the Community Employment Scheme

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald

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Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys TD and Minister of State Joe O’Brien TD have announced over 2,600 additional places on Tús and Community Employment schemes nationwide.

Minister O’Brien said, “This Government is committed to supporting the Community Employment scheme and sponsoring authorities in the valuable services that they deliver across communities through these particularly challenging times and today’s announcement of the additional placements is a further testament to that.

“My Department will now work closely with these schemes to ensure that these new placements, which provide opportunities for the long term unemployed, are filled as soon as possible and that CE and Tús schemes use this expanded capacity to the benefit of communities to which they provide vital local services.”

Out of these, Limerick has been given 90 additional places in the CE scheme, which assists people who are out of work, as well as enhancing local communities.

The community groups which have been allocated additional places are as follows below:

Ballyhoura Heritage & Environment,

Ballyhoura Rural Services Company,

Castleconnell Project Group,

Croom Community Development Association,

Fr Caseys Gaelic Football Club,

Liberties Recycling Training & Development Clg,

Limerick Youth Service,

Moyross Community Enterprise Centre,

Paul Partnership Limerick Clg Company,

Southill Pathways To Employment Company,

St Gabriels School & Centre Community Employment Scheme,

St Marys Community Adult Education,

St Munchins Community Centre Company,

St Vincent DePaul Community Employment Scheme,

Umbrella Project Scheme.

The CE and Tús schemes are part of the government’s new employment strategy called, ‘Pathways to Work’. The schemes are employment and activation support measures for long term unemployed people and other people in receipt of long-term payments from the Department of Social Protection.

“’Pathways to Work’ is all about giving people the tools and opportunities they need to secure employment. Our Community Employment and Tús schemes are central to that strategy – providing a vast range of work experience, skills development and mentoring for people who are long-term unemployed,” Minister Humphreys said.

The schemes employ participants to deliver a range of services to local communities throughout the country.

These include local amenities management, environmental projects, arts and culture, sports, childcare, Tidy Towns, health-related services, meals on wheels and drug rehabilitation schemes.

As well as contributing to the delivery of local services, the participants develop a range of occupational skills and work experience that help to improve their own prospects of securing full-time employment.

For more information on Pathways to Work go HERE 

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