Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (128)

Tom Hayes

Question:

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.