An innovative job creation partnership between the Communities department and the local council will help boost employment opportunities in the city, Sinn Féin Councillor Conor Heaney has said.
Welcoming the proposals, Cllr. Heaney said it was particularly important that the scheme directed opportunities towards the long-term unemployed.
“This new ‘Interim Labour Partnership’ will ensure a co-ordinated multi-agency approach to develop interventions that will create more jobs across the city and district,” Conor Heaney commented.
“The council is proposing a number of key actions including the development of skills academies, interventions for young people who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, delivering flexible models of training from community-based learning through to level three courses and beyond,as well as creating pathways for those who are long-term unemployed and economically inactive.
“Despite job creation being traditionally under the remit of the Department for the Economy, the Sinn Féin Minister for Communities Deirdre Hargey has pressed her department to develop the programme and I congratulate her on that innovative approach.
“In conjunction with our City Deal and the Executive’s new Buy Social policy this new partnership will improve employment prospects for all of our citizens.”