Labour Party General Election Candidate , Cllr Mark Wall has welcomed the news that Kildare Wicklow Education and Training Board are offering 2,860 training and further education places in the Athy area in 2016.
Cllr Wall has had a number of meetings with CEO of KWETB, Mr Sean Ashe and his staff within the organisation to discuss the need for up-skinning those on the current live register in the area, given that the Department of Social Protection had identified that that Register in the Athy area was predominantly male, unskilled or semi-skilled and under 25 or over 50.
One of the courses to be developed and expanded will be the Traineeship Course for Construction Operatives , a very successful pilot scheme run in Athy where those long term unemployed developed their basic skill set including obtaining the various Health and Safety Certificates and Construction Tickets to allow them become employable once more.
This allowed this group of long term unemployed the chance to get back onto the construction sites that thankfully we see developing in the area while assuring their potential employers that they have the competence to complete these tasks. The training of skills on the course will be expanded to include all the various construction needs that a person may need to obtain such employment.
The ETB are also seeking to develop other training courses in retail development and importantly liaising with current employers in the area as to their current and future needs.
Cllr Wall commented ” I welcome this very positive intervention by the ETB, we must target those on long term unemployment and identify the reasons why they remain on the live resister . This work will complement the work of the Athy Regeneration committee as they identify potential employers for the town and the current skill set of those living there. I am calling on the Government to ensure that those availing of this training maintain their payments and that the Government continue to develop incentives to employers to employ those from the register .I will continue to work with all those involved and indeed the Council to target South Kildare as an area where each new job will be welcomed and supported.
Athy Training centre