Jobseekers who are interested in acquiring new skills to get jobs in Irelandâ€™s growth industry sectors are invited to attend one of two Springboard road shows, says the Higher Education Authority. The roadshow events will take place on Tuesday, August 14 in the Convention Centre Dublin, from 10am until 6pm and Thursday, August 16 in The Imperial in Cork from 2pm to 8pm. Admission is free.
Springboard provides exciting new opportunities for job seekers, according to the Higher Education Authority, which is managing Springboard on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. Jobseekers throughout Ireland can now book their free ticket to one of two Springboard road shows taking place later this month.
Course providers, industry leaders and career advice specialists will be on hand to talk to jobseekers about available Springboard courses, job opportunities, CV writing skills and interview techniques.
Dragonâ€™s Den star, Gavin Duffy, will be speaking at the Dublin road show about business start ups and entrepreneurship. Cork goalkeeper, Donal Ã“g Cusack will be speaking at the Cork road show.
â€œThe Springboard 2012 road shows in Dublin and Cork provide a great opportunity for people to find out all they need to know about how to restart their career through a Springboard higher education course. All Springboard courses lead to qualifications that are in demand from employers and in growth areas of our economy,â€ said Minister Ruairi Quinn. â€œWe are already charting the numbers of Springboard graduates from last year who are back in employment. I would encourage anyone who is currently out of work to attend one of the road shows and find out what Springboard courses are on offer in colleges all around the country.â€
Now in its second year running, preliminary results already show one fifth of 2011 Springboard participants are working as a result of Springboard, even ahead of graduating.
â€œI lost my job unexpectedly when my employer went out of business without notice last summer. I straightaway started looking at course options. Springboard was perfect because I couldnâ€™t afford to pay,â€ explains Zonja Bailey, current participant on Springboardâ€™s WebElevate course in the Digital Skills Academy.
â€œI was 10 years out of college and this was a great opportunity to retrain in my field.One month into the Springboard WebElevate programme in the Digital Skills Academy, I got a job working for the Irish software company P Tools,â€ said Ms Bailey.
Springboard has over 6,000 part-time course places available throughout the country. Each course is specifically designed to provide jobseekers with skills to work in sectors where there are a growing number of jobs.
Speaking at the launch of the Springboard roadshow, Dr Mary-Liz Trant, HEA Springboard co-ordinator explained:
â€œThere are thousands of jobs in Ireland waiting to be filled in a variety of sectors. We aim to support jobseekers to look at their options and invite them to attend the free Springboard road shows and learn about how returning to education can provide new, exciting choices and opportunities.â€
â€œPeople already have a huge amount of experience and skills from previous employment; by adding a Springboard qualification that experience and skill can be further developed so that people can re-start their careers in a new direction,â€ said Dr Trant.
Growing sectors in Ireland include the Green Economy, ICT, Food and Beverages, International Financial Services and Bio-Pharm. Representatives from each of these sectors will speak about career opportunities available in their sectors at two roadshow events later this month.
Admission to the two events is free. See springboardcourses.ie to register and for further details or Freephone the Springboard guidance line 1800 303 523