THE Limerick Local Employment Service has secured brand new premises at the Watch House Cross in Moyross.
Social Protection Minister Joan Burton was on hand to officially open the new facility on Friday.
The Limerick Local Employment service (LES) opened its doors in 1996 to provide a service to meet the need of unemployed people on the northside.
The service operates as a one-stop shop for information, carer and education guidance, as well as job mediation, advice and support.
Minister Burton said: “This approach very much fits with my Department’s policy of integration of services. The Community Welfare Service and FÁS Employment and Community Employment Services are in the process of integrating into my Department. This will provide us with opportunities to deliver services differently, to be responsive to people’s total needs and to get meaningful results for the people who avail of our schemes and supports.”
She also praised the Limerick Local Education Service adding: “I am struck by the enthusiastic and imaginative way they have approached the delivery of their services. The Service has a record of high placement into employment despite the economic climate and has been a pioneer in a number of areas.
“The idea of group engagement or engaging with a number of clients at one time to ensure maximum efficiency was adopted by my own Department and Limerick LES at a very early stage and this has proved very successful. I have no doubt that the Service will promote the new internship scheme, which will be of benefit to both host organisations and interns in Limerick and beyond.”
Figures just out have shown that in the first six months of this year, Limerick’s LES registered 1,008 new clients, and placed 110 people in employment.
This includes self-employment. Meanwhile, a further 250 people progressed to education and training.
Last year, 2,087 people registered with the service of which more than half - 1,191 - progressed to employment, education and training.
“Limerick LES is an example of a real partnership approach working on the ground with all the agencies and the communities working together and is one which I welcome. I wish all of you well in your work in this state of the art premises,” Minister Burton concluded.