FÁS Director General agrees need for cross border training strategy
Sinn Féin Economic Affairs Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD and Regional Development Spokesperson Senator Pearse Doherty today met with FÁS Director General Rody Molloy to outline the party’s demands on the organisations role in retraining and upskilling workers in vulnerable sectors.
Deputy Morgan said:
“Sinn Féin’s meeting today with FÁS Director General Rody Molloy was frank and constructive.
“With the announced job losses in Seagate Technology over the weekend and Waterford Wedgwood just this afternoon the issues we pressed the Director General on were given an ever greater sense of urgency.
“We sought an outline of what pre-emptive strategy FÁS has in place to tackle job losses resulting from the imminent downturn in the construction sector, and of course the perpetual haemorrhaging of job losses in the manufacturing industry.
“We reinforced the necessity for effective FÁS training programmes to enable workers to move from low skill low pay employment to better paid higher skill jobs. With the decline in the construction and manufacturing sector this job of work must be of paramount priority.
Donegal Senator Doherty said:
“I emphasised to Mr. Molloy the urgent need for FÁS to tackle the 18% unemployment rate in Donegal, and indeed other employment blackspots throughout the country such as East Cork and Tralee. The job losses in Seagate further evidence the economic deficit in my constituency.
“In the context of the North West’s training and upskilling needs the Director General did acknowledge that the border is an obstacle to delivering a cohesive training strategy to the region. A number of options on how government, FÁS, job creation agencies such as EnterpriseIreland and trade unions could effectively liaise and co-ordinate work with sister bodies in the 6 counties were discussed.” CRÍOCH