Minister of State Humphreys visits Waterford and meets with Local Employment Support Groups


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The Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, Kevin Humphreys T.D., visits Waterford today (Thursday, 14 August 2014) where he will meet with the Department’s staff and a range of local groups offering employment supports for jobseekers in Waterford.

Minister Humphreys will visit the Department’s Intreo Centre in Waterford City which provides an income and employment support service to jobseekers.   Through Intreo, customers of the Department of Social Protection receive a personalised service that is based on individual needs including advice on education, training and personal development opportunities, job search assistance and information on and access to the Department’s income supports. 

The Minister said: “There is a dedicated locally based network of staff at the Intreo Centre here in Waterford who, in addition to offering income support to unemployed people living in Waterford, offer support to employers in job matching and CV screening.  This has shown to be a positive step with local employers including Tesco, Musgrave, Eishtec and Glanbia availing of the initiative.”

The Minister will also meet with the leaders and participants of Waterford Area Partnership.  It operates a range of programmes on behalf of the Department which includes:

  • Local Employment Service
  • Jobs Initiative Scheme
  • Warmer Homes Community Employment Scheme
  • Waterford Traditional Skills Community Employment Scheme
  • Supported development of U-Casadh Community Employment Scheme

It also actively promotes the Micro Business Network, a peer support group for recipients of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance.

Waterford City Council Viking Triangle Community Employment scheme will host a visit by Minister Humphreys later today when he will meet with the leaders and 27 participants who are currently undertaking a course there.  The participants, many of whom have a construction background, gain enhanced skills from working in buildings which are subject to preservation orders.  Speaking of the benefits of this particular scheme, Minister Humphreys said: “This scheme contributes greatly to urban regeneration and to the promotion of tourism for Waterford.  It is also very encouraging to see that some jobseekers who participated in this scheme and with the support of the Community Employment Programme undertook and completed a degree programme in WIT focusing on conservation skills.”

Overall, there are some 46 Community Employment projects in Waterford, 22 projects in Waterford city and 24 others throughout County Waterford, employing a total of 927 participants.

Four new projects are currently underway in Waterford since late last year. U Casadh is a project under the special drugs Community Employment strand set up to provide employment and training opportunities for people in recovery from drug misuse. This project employs 2 supervisors and 24 participants.

The Tramore Community Radio project in Tramore currently employs one supervisor and 31 participants. This project was developed to provide employment and training opportunities includes Radio, Environmental, Childcare, Tourism, Youth, Cultural, and Community based activities.

The Waterford Area Partnership Traditional Skills project was developed to provide opportunities for participants to train to construct traditional crafts from the Viking period to benefit local tourism and festival events in the city of Waterford. This project employs 25 participants and one supervisor.

Aiseiri’s Ceim Eile project is under the special drugs CE strand and was established to set up and maintain a working model for a special community employment project that caters for people in early recovery. Its focus is on recovery, education and re-integration and employment in the community.  It can employ up to 15 participants and recruitment is currently underway.

Minister Humphreys will also visit the Citizens Information Centre/St Brigid’s Family and Community Centre located at Yellow Road, Waterford.  This Community Employment scheme has 21 participants and provides a vast range of services for people living in Waterford city and its environs.  The Minister praised all involved in the Centre and acknowledged their commitment to providing such an excellent service to the local community.

The Minister concluded: “As Waterford is an area that is experiencing high unemployment this creates many demands on local groups to support the Department of Social Protection in re-focusing and training jobseekers to get back to work.  I welcome the efforts being made by so many such groups in Waterford in enabling the Department to get people back to work.  I would also like to thank the employers in Waterford who have become involved in a number of joint ventures with the Department and I would urge other companies, no matter how small or large, to consider how they might contribute to improving employment opportunities for the people of Waterford.”

ENDS

Last modified:14/08/2014