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Over-40s without jobs “are invisible” 

 

The Canary Government has been urged to create a special programme to help the over-40s get back into the world of employment.

The plea was made by the platform “Compromise for Gran Canaria” following the announcement that jobless figures have increased again.

The group says the archipelago is facing its “greatest economic col-lapse” and those over the age of 40 are suffering the most. These were people who had worked for at least 20 years and now found themselves on the dole with families to support.

Compromise President, Nardy Barrios said the Government, Gran Canaria Cabildo and Las Palmas city council had to act with urgency. They should instigate special programmes to help this age group, rather than “abandoning” them.

Sr. Barrios said these experienced people were going from company to company looking for a job but without any response. They wanted to work and had vast experience to give back to the country, yet seemed to be invisible to the Government.

The platform is suggesting creation of special training courses and grant aid for this age group to get back into the labour force.