Microsoft, FIT partner with GAA for Youth2Work in Cavan and Monaghan

Pictured: Peter Davitt, CEO, FIT (Fastrack to IT); Cathriona Hallahan, managing director, Microsoft Ireland; Aogán Ó Fearghail, Uachtarán CLG; Monaghan footballer Darren Hughes; and Cavan footballer Cian Mackey

19 August 2015

Microsoft and FIT (Fasttrack to IT) have announced a new partnership with the GAA to mark the third year of the Youth2Work initiative.

Beginning with a pilot of 10 courses across Cavan and Monaghan with the support of the Cavan and Monaghan Education & Training Board (CMETB), some 200 places will be made availabel to people aged between 18 and 25.

The courses will focus on equipping youth to commence careers in areas such as cloud computing; mobile technologies; e-business; business administration; PC maintenance; software development and multimedia and Web development.

Having already set a target of training 10,000 people over a three-year period, Youth2Work has already benefitted 7,800 people, putting it ahead of target and represents an investment by Microsoft of €3 million. With this in mind, the GAA has come on board as a partner with Microsoft and FIT to help introduce Youth2Work to local communities in Cavan and Monaghan.

Cathriona Hallahan, managing director, Microsoft Ireland, said: “We are delighted to commence this exciting development of the Youth2Work initiative in Cavan and Monaghan with the support and collaboration of CMETB and the GAA. Our shared goal is to create healthy and sustainable communities by delivering IT skills to young people and equipping them to work in the technology industry or in IT-focused roles in businesses across all sectors.”

Peter Davitt, CEO, FIT, added: “We still have work to do when it comes to extending opportunity to those aged under 25 and currently out of work in this country. There is enormous scope for employment in the IT industry and beyond when you are armed with up-to-date and in-demand technology skills.

“Youth2Work is designed to ensure that people are trained in precisely the specialities that are required and the programme works with businesses to help place people on internships when they are finished their training. The introduction of the GAA will add an important local dimension. With the collaboration of CMETB we aim to train people with world-class skills that will help them achieve employment in businesses located on their own doorstep.”

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