72 out of 77 measures scheduled in the Action Plan for Jobs to be delivered in the second quarter of 2012 have been implemented, the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation announced today [Thursday].
Today's announcement took place at Arran Healthcare, an innovative Irish start-up healthcare company based in the Guinness Enterprise Centre, and one of six companies selected to take part in the demonstrator project of the Healthcare Innovation Hub (HIH) aimed at encouraging collaboration between companies and the health sector. The delivery of the HIH and the establishment of a demonstrator project are key measures delivered in Q2 under the Action Plan for Jobs.
The measures delivered include:
· Establishment of a demonstrator project for a new Healthcare innovation Hub to drive collaboration between the health sector and industry, and the selection of six companies to participate and be fast-tracked through the system for trialling and testing with a view to accelerating commercial outcomes
· Passing the Credit Guarantee Bill, as part of the measures necessary to deliver the €450million credit guarantee scheme
· Passing the Microenterprise Loan Fund Bill as part of measures necessary to deliver the €90million microenterprise loan fund
· Two visa programmes are operational for entrepreneurs from outside the EU -- Immigrant Investor Programme, Start-Up Entrepreneur Programme
· Announcement of new structures and rules to make it easier for businesses to commercialise ideas emerging from State-funded research, including the establishment of a "one-stop-shop" technology transfer office
· Publication of survey on demand for credit from SMEs
· Establishment of an IDA/EI senior management team and roll-out of joint initiatives in attracting inward entrepreneurs and maximising procurement opportunities for Irish business with multinationals.
· Management development programme for SMEs
· A series of measures to improve opportunities for Irish businesses from government procurement, including a Procurement Innovation initiative and measures to make it easier for SMEs to engage in the procurement process
The Taoiseach said:
"The Action Plan for Jobs is central to our efforts in tackling unemployment, and I promised to ensure that Government would work hard to deliver on its ambition. The Q1 commitments are 100% complete and are yielding results. The Q2 commitments are over 93% complete and I expect they will be fully delivered in the coming weeks. We welcome the progress made but refuse to get complacent, as job creation remains at the top of our agenda".
The Tánaiste said:
"I have always made it clear that job creation is the first priority of the Government. This Progress Report again shows a high level of implementation of the measures contained in the Action Plan for Jobs. Together with strategies such as the stimulus plan that we launched this week, the Government is determined to drive ahead with its job creation agenda".
Minister Bruton said:
"When we as a Government launched the Action Plan for Jobs earlier this year, we stated very clearly that there was no 'big bang' solution to the jobs crisis, and that what was needed was determined, step-by-step implementation of our plan to rebuild the economy and create jobs. Today's announcement shows that implementation remains strong. We are making solid progress and have already put in a number of measures which will make a practical difference in making it easier for businesses to grow and create jobs.
"For example, we are here today with Arran Healthcare, an innovative Irish start-up which will benefit in a real way from the Healthcare Innovation Hub which we have established, and the hope is that this will make it easier for the company to develop and take on staff. However we have a long way to go and the challenge now is to ensure that we continue the determined process of rebuilding the economy so that we can achieve the levels of jobs and growth we so badly need".