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Midlands Action Plan for Jobs Launched

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Midlands Action Plan for Jobs Launched


Monday, June 29, 2015 




Midlands Action Plan for Jobs Launched

A plan aimed at providing 14,000 jobs in counties Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath has been announced today by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in Tullamore.

The Midlands Action Plan for Jobs is the first of eight regional jobs plans under the Government's latest job-boosting initiative which will see €250m being made available to the eight regions over the coming years. 

The plan includes initiatives aimed at promoting 25% more start-ups in the midlands, including extra funding, mentoring programmes and establishing new incubator spaces for entrepreneurs. The initiative also seeks to attract at least 25 additional multinational investment projects to the region by 2019. This would include building two advance facilities for Athlone, appointing an IDA regional manager for the midlands and actions to ensure that key IDA personnel overseas have enhanced knowledge and marketing plans for the region It is also envisaged that extra employment growth would be achieved in the more than 1,000 existing exporting companies within the midlands region, most of which are small or medium sized enterprises.

Actions in the plan to be delivered over the period 2015-2017 include:

  • Establish a Midlands Manufacturing Technologies Campus
  • New cycling, walking and other recreational trails along the waterways of the region
  • Establish a Skills Forum to connect education providers in the region with the employers/industry in need of skilled workers
  • Develop a Regional Energy Hub for the Midlands
  • A series of actions to promote 25% more start-ups in the midlands, including extra funding, mentoring programmes and establishing new incubator spaces for entrepreneurs like The Junction in Tullamore
  • A series of actions aimed at attracting at least 25 additional multinational investment projects to the region by 2019, including building two advance facilities for Athlone, appointing an IDA Regional Manager for the midlands and actions to ensure that key IDA personnel overseas have enhanced knowledge and marketing plans for the region
  • A series of actions to support extra employment growth in the 1052 existing exporting companies within the midlands region, most of which are SMEs

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan TD said: "Now that the recovery is firmly taking root we need to ensure that the regions benefit from the economic turnaround."

"The Midland Region experienced an acute rise in unemployment and there is a particular need for a programme of up-skilling and retraining to provide opportunities for jobseekers to work locally. Action Plan for Jobs Midlands Region targets an increase in employment by 10-15% by 2020 is an important step towards full employment."

Source: DJEI Press Release

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