16,000 training places to be funded under jobs initiative

Almost 16,000 training and education places and €40m in funding for school building works have been announced by Education and Skills Minister Ruairi Quinn as part of the Government’s jobs initiative.

Mr Quinn said: "The Programme for Government pledged to deliver an additional 15,000 places in training, work experience and educational opportunities within our first 100 days in office.

"…The measures contained in today’s Jobs Initiative will exceed this commitment and provide those seeking employment with an additional 20,900 places."

The 15,900 education and training places include:

- 6,000 places in the FÁS Specific Skills Training programme

- 5,900 places in the Higher Education Springboard programme

- 3,000 places in the Back to Education Initiative programme

- 1,000 places in Post Leaving Cert Courses.

The Minister said funding for the places would come from the redeployment of some financial resources within the Department and an additional €8.3m from the Exchequer.

He also announced that €40m would be made available to fund 374 primary and post primary school building projects, in particular small and medium-scale building works such as special needs access, toilet facilities, roof works and window replacements.

Some €30m of the funding will be spent this year, €20m from within the Department’s 2011 budget allocation and an additional €10m from the Exchequer.

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