In a joint effort of government, higher education sector andindustry, Ireland will offer continuing university education to6,000 unemployed people. Goal is to “upskill” those that were laidoff in the recent economic crisis and train them in areas that areof key interest to the Irish economy.
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Ruairí Quinn, Irish Minister for Education, underlines the focusof this initiative stating that it is mandatory for participants tohave been previously employed in “traditional sectors such asconstruction, manufacturing and retail” as those are unlikely torecover to pre-crisis levels. Furthermore,the fund would “targetthose with a previous history of employment with higher levels ofqualifications who require additional upskilling or reskilling toenable them to re-enter employment” according to Quinn.
1 year programs will be offered mainly in the areas of”pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food, high-tech and businessservices”, says Tony Donohoe, education representative of the IrishBusiness and Employers Confederation (IBEC). Higher EducationAuthority, an Irish government agency with advisory functions andfunding authority over all universities and institutes oftechnology, will manage this €20m project.
Both institutes of technology (IOTI) and a number ofuniversities such as University of Limerick, University CollegeDublin, Dublin City University and University College Cork havecommitted themselves to this project. Applicants would then haveeasy access to all information and required procedures
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Despite this urgent issue, Bovens states that “the currentgovernment missed out on the chance to go beyond politicalstatements and actually make more funding available for life-longlearning programs”.