Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (128)

Tom Hayes


230 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when his Department will make places available for over 55s in community employment schemes. [25621/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment)

Community employment, CE, provides work experience and training opportunities for the long-term unemployed and other disadvantaged groups with the aim of progressing participants to a job in the open labour market. Approximately 16% of participants are currently aged between 55 and 65 years of age, which amounts to 3,316 participants, and these people are working in CE projects countrywide.