Student Job Scheme needed for Third Level Students

Cavan-Belturbet MD Councillor, John Paul Feeley proposed the creation of a Summer Work Scheme for Third Level Students to provide an opportunity for those currently attending or those likely to be attending third level in the coming year for the first time.
‘I am acutely aware fo the cost of third level education for students and their families. As a result of the Covid-19 crisis the opportunities available to students to get part-time work are virtually non-existent. The option to travel for work is gone and the hospitality sector will sadly struggle to maintain their basic staff numbers for the foreseeable future. In the past we had a Summer Jobs Scheme and I believe this year it should be brought back, it can be a ‘win-win’ for the participants and for the local community which could see roles taken on in their areas for a few months by those taken on by the Scheme.’
‘Levels of unemployment in the cohort of people under 24 are at an all-time high. Those returning to college will still face Registration Fees, accommodation costs and all that goes with it. The re-introduction of a Summer Job type scheme could help in some small way to address the challenge faced.’
‘I am pleased that my motion got all-party support and hope that the new Minister for Social Protection and her colleagues take on the proposal.’