Government aiming to create 14,000 positions with Midlands jobs plan

government-harpGovernment aiming to create 14,000 positions with Midlands jobs plan.

The Government has today launched an action plan for jobs for the Midlands area that aims to grow employment by 10pc to 15pc over the next five years, creating 14,000 new jobs. The area covers counties Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath and the main sectors being  targeted in the plan are manufacturing, tourism, food and energy. It’s the first of eight regional jobs plans that are to be published over the next few months as part of a €250m regional jobs plan.

Some of the actions promised as part of the plan between now and 2017 include:

  • the establishment of a a Midlands manufacturing technologies campus
  • new cycling, walking and other recreational trails along the region’s waterways
  • a skills forum to connect education providers in the region with the employers/industry in need of skilled workers
  • development of a regional energy hub for the Midlands
  • a series of actions to promote 25pc more start-ups in the area, including extra funding, mentoring programmes and 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 area and ensuring key IDA personnel overseas have enhanced knowledge and marketing plans for the region
  • and actions to support extra employment growth in the 1,052 existing exporting companies in the region.

Employment in the Midlands fell by 20,800 (16pc) during the recession. According to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Employment, since 2012, 9,200 jobs have been created in the region, increasing employment by 9pc.
Today’s plan aims to increase employment by 10-15pc, delivering between 11,400 and 17,100 additional jobs by 2020.

“The plan contains over 100 very tangible and time-bound actions which aim to create an additional 14,000 jobs in the region in the coming years,”
said Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

“Jobs are growing right across the country, but they are growing faster in some regions than in others,” said Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton.
“That is why we have put in place the €250m regional jobs  strategy, to support regions to play to their strengths and accelerate jobs growth in every area.”

Grainne Rothery


Originally Published: 29.06.2015

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