Steps to establish redundant apprentice scheme ‘a welcome start’ but ‘much more needs to be done’ – Cllr. Patrick Nulty
Dublin West Labour Party Councillor has welcomed the news that Fingal County Council will be participating in a programme to allow redundant apprentices to complete their training but has warned that much more needs to be done.
“I am pleased that Fingal Council will be providing nine places for redundant apprentices to complete their training in the new year. This is something that I have been pushing the council to get involved in for some time”.
“However it is essential that FAS and the other participants in the scheme make people who may be interested in participating aware of all the options available to them as soon as possible”.
“There are so many enthusiastic and hard working young people in Dublin 15 who wish to complete their apprentice training and it will be a major task for the next government to support apprentices and graduates get training and experience in the world of work”.
“Contrary to some of the poorly informed and reactionary comment by some right wing politicians I believe the vast majority of people who have become unemployed in this recession are very eager to back into work and training”.
“It is up to the government to support them with real opportunities rather than sampling slashing people’s incomes in a crude fashion”.
Please see below the question I asked at the council meeting on Monday December 13th.
Question: Councillor P Nulty
“To ask the Manager if progress has been made in establishing a scheme whereby redundant apprentices can finish their training with Fingal County Council?” Reply: The Council have recently been notified of the intention of FAS to establish a redundant apprenticeship scheme in January 2011. The Council has indicated that it is in a position to facilitate 9 applicants under this scheme.
More information may be available at www.Fas.ie
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