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€110 million training fund unspent – Ó Snodaigh

16 June, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Under questioning from Sinn Féin Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh during today’s debate on the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton disclosed that there is €110 million unspent in the national training fund.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh, who was objecting to the proposed reduction in the employers’ contribution to this fund, said that the money must immediately be spent on training under Tús and other schemes. The new Tús scheme allows job seekers to work in the community sector for a €20 top up on their dole.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“It is outrageous that there is no specific training associated with Tús. Participants on Tús should have some hope of moving into gainful employment when they finish their time on the scheme.

“The fact that there is no structured training is one of the key differences between Tús and CE. As it stands Tús is a yellow pack version of CE.

“The money in the national training fund must be used to ensure that there is a real and long-term value from participation in Tús.” ENDS

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