Occupation Transformation aims to help young unemployed
on 22/01/2013 13:38:52
PARTAS will run the 18-week course, for 16 hours per week, beginning on February 11.
It offers FETAC accreditation across modules such as 'Starting your own Business', 'Career Planning' and 'Sales and Marketing Management'.
It is open to any person between 18 and 25 years of age who has been unemployed for 12 months or longer and is actively seeking work.
Commenting on the launch, John Kearns, chief executive, PARTAS, said: "Just a quarter of people aged between 18 and 25 are working in Ireland today, down from half before the bottom fell out of the economy.
"Unless this is remedied soon, we face the probability of leaving an entire generation behind.
"Measures need to be taken to arrest this decline and Occupation Transformation offers a huge opportunity to young people willing to take matters into their own hands and try something different, innovative and new."
"It is not a good time to be leaving school and university. Emigration, joblessness and a lack of opportunities are the norm for so many young adults at present.
Recessionary times always hit the inexperienced harder. Occupation Transformation looks to arrest this. Undoubtedly the most harrowing story of the last 5 years has been the collapse in the numbers of young people at work."
"Occupation Transformation looks to empower young people to fight unemployment by equipping them with the skills to build their own enterprises.
"Through the course, and the guidance and mentorship provided, people will leave this course with a renewed confidence and ability to make their own way in life by starting their own business, develop new skills and sharpen their career focus."