Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

12:00 pm

Photo of Billy TimminsBilly Timmins (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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Question 120: To ask the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 249 of 3 November 2009, the position regarding the recent proposal to create 1,000 posts in Government Departments for third level graduates; his views on correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44340/09]

Photo of Brian Lenihan JnrBrian Lenihan Jnr (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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The Renewed Programme for Government provides for the taking on of 1,000 Third and Fourth level graduates to provide additional capacity and skills across the Public Service and in Government Departments and to provide valuable work experience. These would be work placements as distinct from additional posts in the Public Service.

As indicated in my reply of 3 November my Department is currently examining the options in relation to how this proposal can best be implemented to facilitate a targeted intake of graduates to meet particular skills or capacity shortages in the Public Service.

I have noted the suggestions in the correspondence supplied by the Deputy and have asked that they be considered in my Department's examination of the proposal.


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