Written Answers - Employment Support Services.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 677 No. 4

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  102.  Deputy Finian McGrath  Information on Finian McGrath  Zoom on Finian McGrath   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   if she will support a matter (details supplied). [10314/09]

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Deputy Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  FÁS Employment Services provides a fully integrated nationwide range of services and supports to assist all Jobseekers and Job Changers, who can register at one of the 71 local FÁS Employment Service offices nationwide, for on-site career guidance and job placement services. FÁS Employment Services is the gateway to all FÁS training and employment programmes for Jobseekers. It is also the referral point for a range of labour market services, including vacancies, for employers. It offers jobseekers and job changers a guidance interview with an employment services officer to discuss employment opportunities, training courses, financial supports [858]and other options which may lead to employment. It helps them to identify transferable skills which may be used in various occupational settings. A jobseeker pack, which provides information on using the job search facility on the FÁS Jobs Ireland web site, has been made available. It includes information on how to fill out an application form, prepare a CV and covering letter and prepare for a job interview. It also contains a list of useful website addresses. Jobseekers can also input their CVs directly on the FÁS Jobs Ireland database using the website www.fas.ie. Employers can access these CVs through this database and contact the Jobseeker directly to arrange a meeting. FÁS has a number of social inclusion programmes, which are targeted for specific client groups who are facing difficulties in obtaining or maintaining employment, such as the wage subsidy scheme. The FÁS National (Freephone) Call Centre (1800 611116) is available for clients who are registered with FÁS. The centre provides readily accessible details on job vacancies. FÁS Employment Services funds Job Clubs which also provide supports to clients, with a view to assisting them return to work in the shortest possible time. In addition, the FÁS website links to the EURES job mobility network database, which provides access to job vacancies in 29 countries and offers practical information such as details of the documentation needed by those seeking employment in Europe.

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