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    Budget allocates €1.6bn for employment schemes

    Posted 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.