The new employment plan, West Action Plan for Jobs, is part of a €250 million regional jobs strategy led by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton.The Irish Government’s regional jobs plan in the west of the country has highlighted ICT, medtech and pharma among the key drivers to create up to 25,000 jobs in Mayo, Roscommon and Galway. It is hoped that 25,000 new jobs will be created in the west of Ireland over the next four years.
The goal is set out in the Government’s West Action Plan for Jobs which looks to deliver 10-15pc employment growth in the region.
Agri-food and tourism are also targeted by the Government, with the Department for Jobs claiming 5,000 extra positions have been created in the region this year.
Included in the strategy are 194 plans, some sound tangible, some feasible and some hopeful. One such is to increase the number of start-ups in the region by a quarter and improve their survival chances.
The IDA is planning to up its investments significantly, with a “minimum” of 92 additional projects in the region by 2019 – facilities are being built in Castlebar (2016) and Galway (2017) to help achieve this.
Local enterprise offices will disburse more than €3m in grant funding, and provide mentoring support to more than 1,000 businesses per year.
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