The Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan announced the rollout of the FÁS Work Placement Programme to schools.

The programme will allow schools to apply to take on one or more people for a work experience placement for 25-40 hours a week, and allows schools to engage teachers as well as non-teaching graduates and non-graduates. The placement period is for a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 9 months.It is a condition of the programme that any placements must not displace an existing member of staff or be used to fill a vacant post. 

The Tánaiste stated that the extension of the programme to schools “is a real opportunity for schools to benefit from people with a diverse range of skills and for people who are out of work to retain their skill levels and broaden their experience”.