Recruitment drive earns full support
A WEXFORD councillor has come up with an idea that could allow Wexford Borough Council to recruit new people in spite of the public service employment ban.
Cllr. Fergie Kehoe (FF) wants the local authority to avail of the Government's Work Placement Programme which facilitates training for unemployed people for 29 to 35 hours a week over a nine-month period.'It would not be affected by the moratorium on the public service. I think it would be a great opportunity to take people on to train with the local authority', he told a Council meeting.
'Wexford Borough Council is in an ideal situation to initiative projects that could employ people and it would give young people practical experience in the workplace', he said.
Cllr. Jim Allen (FG) said he thought it would be a great idea. 'There are places like the old graveyards that would benefit from a scheme,' he said.
Cllr. George Lawlor (Lab) said it would be to the mutual benefit of the Council and unemployed people if the skills of some of them could be utilised.
He said thousands upon thousands of people across the country had been placed on the scrap heap through the recklessness of the Government.
Cllr. Padge Reck (Ind) said if there was any opportunity to provide work for young people, he was in favour of it.