Noel Coonan TD has welcomed the announcement of a new and innovative Government initiative which will provide free education and training projects for up to 6,500 long-term jobseekers. The local Fine Gael TD said that this will be of benefit to unemployed Tipperary people.
Deputy Coonan explained that this initiative, MOMENTUM, will assist 6,500 long term unemployed jobseekers to gain in-demand skills and to access work in sectors of the economy where there are job opportunities.
The programmes will include on-the job training in the form of work experience modules as well as the development of the workplace skills required to obtain and retain employment.
“There are several education and training providers who will be offering programmes in Tipperary North and South in the areas such as software development, healthcare support and warehousing and logistics.
The Government is spending more than €20 million on this scheme because we want to help people return to employment. We have already seen some progress in terms of employment figures; the number of people on the Live Register has fallen by more than 12,000 over the last year,” continued the local TD.
“To be eligible for a place on a MOMENTUM project, a person must be unemployed for at least 12 months or longer and be in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit or be signing on for Social Insurance Contribution Credits for 12 months or longer, and actively seeking employment,” explained Deputy Coonan.
The courses will be specifically tailored to meet the needs of the long-term unemployed, using international best practice to suit the Irish context. For younger jobseekers, a range of activation projects will also be available for those aged under 25 to help them get into the workforce.
MOMENTUM is administered by FÁS and funded by the Department of Education & Skills through the ESF supported Labour Market Education & Training Fund (LMETF). The payment system to providers is outcomes based with part payment reserved for key stages of the programme, including challenging certification, progression and employment outcomes at the end of the programme.
MOMENTUM is an outcomes-based model of education and training that sees best international practice adapted to an Irish context. The courses are tailored to both the needs of the long-term job-seeker, but also employers who are experiencing skills shortages.
Further information on MOMENTUM, its projects and providers and eligibility criteria can be found on the website: www.momentumskills.ie or from the any Employment Services Office.