30/11/2010

Work Placement Rollout For Republic's Schools

Irish Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan has announced an FÁS Work Placement Programme for the State's schools.

The programme will allow schools to apply to take on one or more people for a work experience placement for 25-40 hours a week.

The placement period is for a minimum of two months and a maximum of nine months. Announcing the details Ms Coughlan said: "This is a major extension of the initiative to help and support the unemployed.

"It will assist people who are unemployed to keep their skills current and gain valuable work experience to assist them in finding employment."

Schools may use the Work Placement Programme to engage teachers as well as non-teaching graduates and non-graduates.

It is a condition of the programme that any placements must not displace an existing member of staff or be used to fill a vacant post.

(DW/BMcC)

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