Tuesday 16 January 2018

Latest State failure to assist the unemployed is startling

This all comes too late for the tens of thousands of participants who went through the BTEA scheme only to see little improvement in their job prospects
This all comes too late for the tens of thousands of participants who went through the BTEA scheme only to see little improvement in their job prospects
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The ESRI report on one of the Government's central jobs initiatives is further proof, if it were needed, of how poorly prepared the country was for the explosion in unemployment that accompanied the economic crash.

We already know that FAS, the former State training agency, was a shambles and had to be scrapped at a time when the nation needed it most.

Now it is clear that a major employment activation initiative, the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) scheme, was also not fit for purpose.

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