New plan to create 'thousands of jobs'
THOUSANDS of jobs could be created if the Government adopts a new 10-point plan to tackle unemployment ideas, the head of a job creation focus group said last night.
The new plan will be officially presented to Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Minister Batt O'Keefe today.
It includes the appointment of an employment 'Tsar' to oversee and co-ordinate all employment opportunities and a special work placement scheme that will see jobseekers upskill while still receiving social welfare benefits.
Other proposals include the setting up of a national jobseekers' target base and an Export Ireland Initiative which would help companies that depend on world markets to expand.
The plan is the result of a series of focus groups among businesses held around the country.
"Some of the points we've presented will take a while to set up, but there are a couple of quick ones, and some can be implemented straight away and create thousands of jobs," Sigmar Recruitment Job Creation Initiative director Robert Mac Giolla Phadraig told the Irish Independent.
The project is sponsored by the Irish Independent along with advertising agency Owens DDB, finance company Mazars, law firm Byrne Wallace and business consultants Collane.
The heads of companies Cadbury, Elan, Glanbia and Hertz were among the idea contributors.