‘social employment’….whats the story?

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    Anonymous
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    Reading some articles on this new government brainwave……but it all feels a little too familiar. Have we not got a scheme like this already up and running under a different name..Community Employment. This is taken from the FAS website which administers the CE Schemes.

    Community Employment Programme
    Community Employment is an employment and training programme which helps long-term unemployed people to re-enter the active workforce by breaking their experience of unemployment through a return to work routine. The programme assists them to enhance and develop both their technical and personal skills which can then be used in the workplace.

    The CE programme is Sponsored by groups wishing to benefit the local community, namely voluntary organisations and public bodies involved in not-for-profit activities.
    http://www.welfare.ie/EN/Press/PressReleases/2010/Pages/pr290810.aspx
    Taken from a press release on the above link

    "Between them, both work schemes currently give work opportunities to 5300 individuals. The Rural Social Scheme which involves 2,600 workers is managed by 35 local development companies countrywide. Almost 2,700 people are engaged in the Community Services Programme which is designed to address locally identified gaps in the provision of services within communities and to exploit the potential of community assets and resources.

    So currently over 5,300 people are technically unemployed, but are not registered and counted as unemployed, because they are on a ce or rural social scheme???? In an article in the Independent it was reported that there were over 73,500 people on FAS schemes in 2009. (http://www.independent.ie/national-news … 50988.html)
    So aprox 78,800 people between fas training schemes, ce schemes and rural social employment schemes that are not counted as unemployed in the official figures but yet are still not ’employed’ assuch but in training.

    The whole issue is just another example of the government juggling the figures to make it seem better than it is…..bottom line, we need more job creation. There are too many people out of work or ‘in training’.

    SO WHATS THE DIFFERENCE…OR ARE THEY BASICALLY THE SAME SCHEME UNDER A NEW BRILLIANT NAME THAT MAKES THE GOVERNMENT LOOK LIKE THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING.

    #99595
    Taylor5
    Member

    Im not too sure but reading that, thats what it looks like….. i’d say a bit of clever PR going on there

    #99603
    Jedt
    Keymaster

    Clever and most likely ‘very costly’ PR!!!

    I heard a rumour that FAS is being wound down after all the scandals…maybe they are renaming it and continuing on as normal but trying to make it out like this is all brand new

    Well spotted Mummy5. If only there were more of clever mums in politics eh?? We’d have it all sorted out in no time!!

    #99618
    Taylor5
    Member

    Yeah thats right Fas is being "rebranded" at the cost of millions!!!!!

    #99631
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    http://www.westcd.ie/index.php/latest-n … l-news/640
    The Government’s work opportunity schemes which include the Community Services Programme and the Rural Social Scheme are set to develop further and expand, on a cost neutral basis, when these two schemes transfer across to the Department of Social Protection early this autumn. Éamon Ó Cuív TD, Minister for Social Protection confirmed today that the Community Services Programme and the Rural Social Scheme will soon transfer over to his Department from the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, as part of the Government’s job activation measures.

    they must think we’re all stupid 😕

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