More courses with prospects needed

more courses are needed for young people and those who wish to return to education, with real prospects.

more courses are needed for young people and those who wish to return to education, with real prospects.

That’s according to Tullamore Town Councillor Tommy McKeigue who said that young people are not able to gain employment and some are not able to return to education for financial reasons.

“A lot of people want to get on courses as they are not happy sitting at home. Many new graduates cannot get work experience and cant get a job without experience so it’s a chicken and egg situation,” said Cllr McKeigue.

He said some people through no fault of their own find themselves unemployed in the 55 to 66 age category and people dont want to know about them. “There is a big waiting list for courses,” he said.

He said many people did not get the chance to finish their trade apprenticeships and maybe NAMA could think about giving them a bit of experience which would benefit everyone.

“A whole lot of thinking needs to be done,” said Cllr McKeigue.

“I do believe in courses and education. A lot of older people would like to reskill and upskill. But there have been people doing courses with nothing the far side. People are getting education with the hope and promise of work that simply isnt there,” said Cllr Brendan Killeavy. He said people cant keep being “thrown into courses” with nothing on the other side only “an Aer Lingus flight to Australia or Canada”.

“There was €50 million allocated for job investment in the last budget and it’s not being taken seriously,” he concluded.

Chairperson Sinead Dooley suggested asking Tony Dalton from Offaly VEC to do a presentation on the Labour Activation fun, which provides “sizeable funding”.