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New Drive to Recruit Construction Workers Launched

Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, have launched Housing for All Future Building Initiative that is dedicated to recruit construction workers.

The FutureBuilding Initiative is an 18-month pilot which will operate through a team staffed by Intreo from the Department of Social Protection, SOLAS and Education and Training Boards. It is being financed under the Government’s Housing for All Implementation Fund.

Minister Humphreys commented, “there are now fewer people on the Live Register than pre-pandemic. This clearly shows that the Government’s Pathways to Work strategy is delivering but of course we must always strive to do more. Construction is a sector where we know there are huge numbers of job opportunities. Through the new FutureBuilding initiative, we will be working directly with jobseekers, supporting them through training and skills development and matching them with employers.”

“This is part of a major recruitment drive in the construction sector. Later this month, I will also launch a specific Construction Work and Skills week which will see almost 40 events held nationally to promote jobs, training and apprenticeships in construction and associated careers.”

Minister Harris said, “we clearly have a housing crisis driven by a shortage in supply. However, as supply increases, we need to ensure we have enough people to match the demand. This will mean supporting the industry in returning existing workers to full employment and a significant ramp-up in education and training opportunities, including commitments regarding programmes and apprenticeships and delivery of new courses.”

“This new FutureBuilding Initiative will see people from training agencies across the country working with Intreo in the Department of Social Protection to identify people for direct placement into employment in the sector and for referral to relevant education and training opportunities.”

Andrew Brownlee, Chief Executive of SOLAS commented, “further education, training and apprenticeships have a vital role to play in building up the skills that the Irish labour market needs to address the housing crisis, a principle aim of Housing For All. The FET sector offers a diverse and dynamic range of construction courses – catering for school leavers, those re-entering the workforce, or people looking to retrain or upskill in the construction sector.”

“FutureBuilding is an important and collaborative initiative to ensure the right opportunities, be that recruitment or training, get into the hands of the right people, at the right time. SOLAS – and the ETBS delivering this vital training around the country – keenly understand the urgency of this shared national goal. We’re committed to ensuring a talented pipeline of ambitious, motivated individuals pass through the FET system and into the construction industry.”

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