|Deputy Regina Doherty with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny|
Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, says the new Pathways to Work strategy will help get more people back to work, in jobs that pay more than welfare, where hard work is rewarded.
“Pathways to Work 2016-2020, launched by the Taoiseach this week, is another step towards ending the plight of jobless households and expanding job support services to those traditionally excluded from the labour market.
“The initiative will enhance employment, education and training services for jobseekers. It will also continue with reforms to make work pay and increase engagement with employers, to provide greater opportunities for those seeking work.
“The aim is to fuel the drive to full employment and increase in the numbers at work to 2.2 million by 2020.
“The plan contains six key strands involving 86 dedicated actions to build on the employment progress to date under previous Pathways strategies, including:
· Increasing the frequency of case officer meetings with jobseekers
· Extending the activation approach to other people – such as lone parents, carers and people with disabilities - who have a capability and an interest in working
· Significantly expanding apprenticeships
“Fine Gael believes that a job is the best route out of poverty, that work should pay and that people should be actively helped into new jobs. Getting people into jobs remains the top priority for us all.
“This strategy is part of Fine Gael’s long term plan to keep the recovery going. We are seeing economic progress, with over 135,000 more people at work, but we cannot take for granted that stability and recovery will continue. Our plan will deliver more new jobs, spread right across the country, jobs that pay more than welfare, where hard work is rewarded. More people in work creates the resources to cut taxes for working people and invest in better services, improving living standards for all and ensuring that more people feel the benefits of a recovering economy in their own lives.