Skills to Work
Skills to Work is a new Irish Government jobs campaign, aimed at making it easier for jobseekers and employers to know what Government skills initiatives are available to them and to encourage businesses employ people currently on the Live Register. Using a quick and easy online guide, www.skillstowork.ie, you can find out which of the five Government skills initiatives - Springboard, Momentum, JobBridge, JobsPlus and Skillnets – could best suit you.
The Springboard initiative in Higher Education offers free, part-time courses at Certificate, Degree and Masters level. All courses lead to qualifications in enterprise sectors which are growing and need skilled personnel, including information and communications technology (ICT); manufacturing; international financial services; and key skills for enterprise to trade internationally. Qualifications are also available in cross-enterprise skills such as innovation, enterprise/entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and project management. All courses are part-time, enabling you to keep social protection supports. Further information is available at: www.springboardcourses.ie
Momentum, which is co-financed by the European Social Fund, is providing a range of free education and training interventions for up to 6,500 individuals who are unemployed for 12 months or more. The training, which is aligned up to NFQ levels 5 and 6, is being provided within the context of four themes. Three of these themes support occupational clusters where demand and vacancies exist. A fourth theme focuses on the specific needs of people under the age of 25. Further information is available at www.momentumskills.ie
Skillnets Jobseeker Programmes
Skillnets, which is an enterprise-led body funded through the National Training Fund (NTF) to provide companies with new opportunities to develop relevant, effective answers to their training and development needs, have been set ambitious targets for 2013 similar to 2012 to train 40,000 persons, of which up to 8,000 will be targeted at the long-term unemployed. Further information is available at www.skillnets.ie/job-seekers.
JobBridge provides internship opportunities of either 6 or 9 months for unemployed individuals at all skills levels and all levels of educational attainment. JobBridge is targeted at individuals at all skills levels of educational attainment. JobBridge is targeted at individuals who are in receipt of certain social welfare payments (Jobseekers Allowance/Jobseekers Benefit/One Parent Family Payment/Disability Allowance) or are signing on for credits for at least 3 of the last 6 months (78 Days). 18,216 JobBridge internships had commenced by 13th June, 2013, with 6,010 participants on an internship and 1,957 opportunities advertised on the JobBridge website on that date. Further information is available at www.jobbridge.ie.
JobsPlus is a new employer incentive, from the Department of Social Protection which encourages and rewards employers who offer employment opportunities to the long term unemployed. The incentive will replace the existing Employer Job PRSI Exemption and the Revenue Job Assist schemes. Further information is available at http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/jobsplus.aspx