The people of Clonmel, Tipperary Town and Carrick on Suir were left with no shortage of information when they attended ‘Spring into Action’ Information Expos held recently by the South Tipperary Development Company.
The purpose of the events was to bring together, in one room, all of the agencies and community services that support people who are unemployed, to invite the public to come and meet with them on a one to one basis and become familiar with what each service does and make the connection with personnel in each service.
Each event was attended by the key employment, education and training services including South Tipperary Development Company, South Tipperary VEC, Department of Social Protection Information and Employment Services and FAS Training Division.
Phil Shanahan, Social Inclusion Programme Manager said ‘South Tipperary has a wealth of services and supports for people who are unemployed.
“These services all have a strong tradition of working well together to get the best outcomes for the person.
“Efforts need to continue in this way to ensure continued access and uptake of services and supports particularly for people who are often marginalised.
“The services support people looking to up-skill, return to education, consider self employment, increase their experience through volunteering or become involved in local recreational opportunities and keep in touch with what happening in their community”.
South Tipperary Development Company through its innovative COMPASS Employment Support Service focuses specifically on people who are long term unemployed in specific parts of the county and has worked with a minimum of 500 people so far this year, providing one to one support to uptake education, training and employment services.
The COMPASS Service is an independent, free, confidential one to one service and operates in Clonmel (Hughes Mill, Suir Island) Tipperary Town (Community Centre, Michael Street) and Ballingarry ( Sieveardagh CITE).
There is also a very comprehensive and relevant job support section on the company website www.stdc.ie
South Tipperary Development Company also supports employers by increasing their knowledge, awareness and uptake of the significant incentives that are currently in place to recruit people who are unemployed.
Ms Shanahan would encourage any employer, sole trader to larger business to contact the South Tipperary Development Company on firstname.lastname@example.org or 052-7442652 and ask for a copy of the Employer Incentives Information Pack. Development staff are available to provide assistance to any employer to discuss the detail of any of the incentives available.
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