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Day 7 #GE16 : We're Launching a Skills Revolution

Posted on February 09, 2016 at 09:49 AM

Today we launched our plan for a living wage and investing in skills in one of Ireland's living wage employers - Clúid Housing with Tánaiste Joan Burton , Minister for Business Ged Nash and our candidate in Dublin Central Joe Costello TD.

[Read our plan for a skills revolution]

We will introduce a Living Wage of €11.30 per hour by 2021 and we will make the State a living wage employer by 2021. Our plan commits to creating 50,000 apprenticeship and traineeship places by 2020 and100,000 new free part-time education places.

Speaking at the event, Tanaiste Joan Burton said: “'Labour believes in opportunity for all, not just for a few. We will create 50,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships to give young people choice in how they build their careers. There is also a need to help people already in work to reskill and upskill.They will ensure that people already in work can afford to upskill and develop their career prospects. Opportunity lies at the heart of all these steps.'

Since being appointed Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash has pursued a deceny and dignity at work agenda by raising the minimum wage and strengthening workers' rights. "Labour’s vision is not just for full employment but for f air employment. A good job deserves a decent wage, one that provides for a decent standard of living, without having to depend on State supports."

[Read our plan for a skills revolution]

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