Special schemes are available to help unemployed building workers re-learn their skills, Tanaiste Joan Burton said today.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Tanaiste jointly unveiled plans to create 40,000 new jobs in the coming year after a special government meeting on job creation.
Ms Burton, who is also the Social Protection Minister, issued a special message to unemployed building workers urging them to avail of re-training schemes and not be worried about incurring costs.
"I am aware that many building workers have been out of work for some time may need to re-train and re-discover their skills. They should not be worried about the costs involved. My department already has schemes to fund things like getting a safe-pass to get back on the building sites," Ms Burton told reporters.
The Taoiseach said the Government believes that unemployment will fall below 10 pc this year and full employment can be realised by 2018 - two years ahead of the original target which was fixed in March 2011 when the current government took power.
"We hope to build on the economic recovery and spread it across the country," Mr Kenny said.
The Tanaiste also said that more apprenticeships were now becoming available to help young people learn a proper trade.