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Momentum builds to tackle unemployment

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 05:28 PM

Minister Ruairi Quinn

Today, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn launched Momentum - a new €20 million initiative which will provide training and education places for up to 6,500 long-term jobseekers.

In tune with Labour's plan to get Ireland working, Momentum will help jobseekers gain in-demand skills and access to work in sectors of the economy where there are job opportunities, such as areas like ICT, digital media, food processing, and sales and marketing.

Speaking at the launch, the Tánaiste outlined the premise for Momentum: "It boils down to a belief that a person's first day of unemployment, should be their first day on their way back to work. And we need to make it as easy, and as seamless as possible, for people to do that. The new Intreo offices that are being rolled out around the country - 'one-stop shops' that provide both welfare benefits, and advice on training and job opportunities - are a practical example of what we mean.

"So too is MOMENTUM - a smart, flexible approach, that is responsive both to the needs of job-seekers, and the employers who are looking for them."

The Tánaiste's statement is available to read in our media centre.

Minister Ruairi Quinn added: "We all know that budgets are tight, in households and in the Government Departments. But, we are committed to ensuring that our limited resources are targeted and allow unemployed people to access high quality and relevant education and training. The MOMENTUM model, which sees skills provision married with on the job experience, is a significant innovation in how we spend public money on further education and training."

Minister Quinn's statement is available to read in our media centre.

Deputy John Lyons also welcomed news that Momentum has allocated €4.2 million of its budget for specific projects to tackle youth unemployment and will allow for 1,500 of the new places to be provided to under 25s.

Deputy Lyons' statement is available to read in our media centre.

Further information on MOMENTUM, its projects and providers and eligibility criteria are available on their website.

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