Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar, TD, visited PAUL Partnership on Friday 4th November where he was briefed on the programmes undertaken by that Company on behalf of his Department.
The Minister had the opportunity to meet some of the people supported into work or self employment by PAUL Partnership, and to discuss their experiences and hear their views on the various programmes. During a question and answer session with participants from Community Employment and TÚS labour market programmes, as well as clients of the Local Employment Service and the Job Club, Minister Varadkar heard how Department of Social Protection programmes have helped individuals create a pathway back to work. He also sought views on improvements which could make the transition from welfare to work easier for jobseekers. Minister Varadkar also spoke of his wish to put in place an Action Plan for jobless families with a view to ending generational unemployment.
Minister Varadkar also met a number of people assisted into self employment with the aid of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance. The PAUL Partnership Enterprise Support Service plays a major role in supporting people to apply for this payment by providing a one to one support service for those interested in self employment and collaborating with the Local Enterprise Office to provide a suite of free training workshops during the year.
The Minister complimented PAUL Partnership on the range of work carried out on behalf of his Department. CEO Anne Kavanagh outlined the numbers of people who are supported in the Labour Market Programmes, Community Employment and TÚS, noting that over 900 people were supported by these programmes into jobs or self employment in 2015.
- Frances Healy, Business Owner – Acting up in Limerick, Minister Varadkar, and Jim Lynch, Divisional Manager Department of Social Protection
- Anne Kavanagh, PAUL Partnership, Sarah Cullinan, Department of Social Protection, Minister Varadkar, Jim Lynch, Department of Social Protection, Dermot Fitzgerald, Department of Social Protection, Geraldine Lambert, Local Employment Service
- Jimmy C Make Up and Frances Healy, Acting up in Limerick – both businesses were previously supported by the Enterprise Support Service.