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Graduates ignored for their lack of experience

Government plans to reduce unemployment, have always been nothing but a lot of hot air. The current talk about business start-ups is also hot air.

Start-ups generate a lot of publicity for their founders/owners, but much of the publicity is based on business growth and increased jobs etc, that are usually predicted to happen far into the future, not now, when jobs and growth are most needed.

There are many highly talented people amongst the unemployed or under-employed, whose skills could be of great benefit to Irish business, including start-ups.

Yet, foreign and indigenous companies are not taking them on , because they’re only prepared to employ people with substantial direct work experience of the service they offer or the product they produce.

That includes these so-called start-ups.

Many of the companies now setting up in Ireland operate in new areas of business and technology, so it’s not possible for many people here, to have the experience they want.

Rather than talking about “start-ups”, we need to start talking about simply giving unemployed people a “start” now, in the good old-fashioned sense of the word. This will create extra tax income, which can then be used to grant-aid start-ups.

Tim Buckley

Bowling Green

White St

Cork City


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