Budget allocates €1.6bn for employment schemesPosted on October 16, 2013 by Gerald Flynn
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week’s Irish Budget included a €1.6 billion package aimed at supporting the Government’s Pathways to Work-2 programme launched in July.
In his budget speech, Minister for Public Expenditure and Report (D/PER), Brendan Howlin said that the policy “sets out our strategy for tacking unemployment, and in particular, long-term unemployment. The total allocation for 2014 for activation places in education, training and work experience is €1.6bn.”
He added that this would provide nearly 300,000 places in work, education and training programmes. This equates with an average spend of €5,350 per unemployed participant which may be a guide figure for those considering tender bids for the anticipated JobPath employment services contracts. The Budget also allocated an additional €9m in capital spending towards expending the network of Intreo employment advice offices throughout the state.
A further €14m has been set aside for the new Youth Guarantee Fund which is aimed at supporting additional activation for those under-25 years old.