€10,000 to be spent on a skills survey of Laois commuters

Lynda Kiernan

Reporter:

Lynda Kiernan

Email:

lynda.kiernan@leinsterexpress.ie

€10,000 to be spent on a skills survey of Laois commuters

Portlaoise train station, a familiar sight for the 11,500 commuters in Laois

A survey of Laois commuters who leave the county daily for work is set to start in 2018.

The survey is aimed at finding out what sets of skills Laois commuters have, that could guide the way for job creation closer home.

Census 2016 has found that there are 11,500 people leaving Laois daily for work, and many of them are going to Dublin by road and rail.

Laois County Council is now setting aside a budget of €10,000 to update its skills database, in order to stimulate local job creation.

They hope everyone will take part and intend to “encourage the 11,500 people that commute to work outside Laois every day to use the new database”.

The population of Laois is now at 85,000, with a quarter of them living in Portlaoise. Portlaoise is now the most populated town in the midlands, at 22,500 people, and with a growing young population in what is now a commuter county, that figure is only set to increase.