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Grant Scheme Suggested To Boost Traveller Employment In The Midlands

A new study has found they face significant barriers in finding a job.

Discrimination, education and a lack of opportunities are contributing to high employment rates among Travellers. 

That's according to the CEO of Westmeath Community Development. 

A grant scheme is currently available for companies who hire people on the live register for more than 12 months. 

Frank Murtagh believes that could be expanded to include the Travelling Community:

There's calls for members of the Travelling Community to be a target group in Government employment strategies. 

A new study has found they face significant barriers in finding a job, with their unemployment rate at around 80 percent.

The report for the St Stephen's Green Trust is recommending an internship scheme for the Travelling Community in the public sector, and liaison officers to act as connectors between members and employers. 

 

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