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January 05, 2011

180 Work Placement Opportunities for Kildare Community Sector

Local TD and Minister of State, Áine Brady, has stated that 180 Work Placement Opportunities are to be provided for people who are over one year unemployed in the Kildare Community Sector.

‘The initiative known as Tús, will provide 5,000 short term working opportunities nationally for people unemployed for over a year. The placements will be with the community sector organisations to support the delivery of their services in Kildare, and it will be provided through Cill Dara Ar Aghaidh Teoranta.'

"This new measure will add to the suite of measures already announced by the Government and allows all sectors of society to play a role by supporting people who are unemployed while helping with the recovery of the national economy.'

"In addition to any financial benefit to the worker, work brings other benefits to the individual, including to their psychological and general well-being from being involved in wider societal, community and employment activity."

Tús, which will operate in rural and urban areas will be delivered using the infrastructure developed for the Rural Social Scheme which has operated in rural areas since 2004.'

This scheme aims to achieve a number of objectives.  Firstly, people who are unemployed will have an opportunity to work in the community for a twelve month period and secondly, community organisations will benefit by harnessing the skills of people who are willing to work." concluded  Áine Brady.