Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (143)

Paddy McHugh

Question:

140 Mr. McHugh asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the position in relation to persons over the age of 55 seeking positions on community employment schemes who have been participants in schemes previously; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27699/04]

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

The community employment, CE, programme provides work experience and training opportunities for the long-term unemployed and other disadvantaged persons with the aim of progressing participants to a job in the open labour market. Participants move from the programme after an agreed period of support and development, which is usually from one to three years.

The terms and conditions of participation on CE are currently under review. In this regard there has been extensive consultation with key stakeholders and the social partners over the past year on the future direction of FÁS labour market programmes. All submissions received as part of this process are being fully considered and will help inform the outcome of the review.