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Gozo Employment Aid scheme helps 348 people

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Gozo Employment Aid scheme helps 348 peopleIn a recent visit to the The Duke commercial complex, in Victoria, the Parliamentary Secretary for Public Dialogue and Information, Chris Said, announced that “348 people had found work through the Gozo Employment Aid Scheme and the Employment Aid Programme.”

Chris Said visited three establishments in the complex, which had all benefited from this assistance by creating more opportunities for employment in Gozo.

Chris Said said that between 2007 and 2008, the “Gozo Employment Aid Scheme, which was financed by Malta Enterprise and operated by the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC), had benefited 94 companies and 264 workers of whom 139 were women. 37% of those who participated were people who were registering as unemployed.

The Employment Aid Programme, which falls under the European Social Fund, is managed by the ETC Gozo. The funds allocated this month exceeds €420,000 and has benefited 56 companies and 84 workers. Chris Said said that the programme helps to improve the skills of people who have not had employment through work experience.

Parliamentary Secretary emphasised the importance of training and job creation. He said that the European Union’s budget that was allocated to Malta, were used for a number of projects and schemes which are aimed not only to provide infrastructure and necessary equipment, but also to help young workers, those seeking work and those who want to change their employment so that they are trained in new areas.

More than 11,645 people of different ages who participated in courses of education benefitted from European Union funds in the period from 2006-2008. Among the courses that were held were those aimed at housewives, women who want to start own business, teachers and the elderly. In the period 2007-2013, thanks to European Union funds, overr 200 other courses are now being organised, which will benefit more than 20,000 people.

Chris Said congratulated the initiative of the establishments at The Duke and to the 53 other companies that benefited from the Gozo Employment Aid Programme, as they had not only recognised the potential and opportunities offered by the European Union, but also been able to create new opportunities for employment.

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