WebActivate comes to Limerick

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20 October 2014 | 0

Jobseekers in Limerick are to get the chance to reskill with the arrival of the WebActivate scheme. Already in operation in Dublin and Cork, the next round of courses will begin on 10 November.

The programme has been specifically designed to help jobseekers upskill and develop talent to take advantage of the opportunities in Ireland’s high growth Internet and digital sectors.

A first for Limerick, this programme is in its third year. Of the most recently completed programme, 73% of starters achieved successful outcomes, including nearly 50% who have re-joined the workforce.  Graduates are equipped to become self-employed web publishers and digital marketeers servicing local businesses in their area or to start new careers as digitally-skilled employees. The course is an eight month full time Level 6 Award course that offers blended learning combining innovative online training with on-site tutor lead course work.  The course is unique in providing structured freelance work placements with local businesses.  On placement, participants gain valuable practical experience as they apply their new online publishing and digital marketing skills.

Speaking at today’s launch, Minister for Education & Skills Jan O’Sullivan said: “The [WebActivate] programme has gone from strength-to-strength since its inception and has transformed the career choices of hundreds of jobseekers. One of the great strengths of WebActivate is the close ties it has with employers and industry leaders. This ensures that the course programme is aligned with emerging skills needs and that participants are well placed to pursue rewarding careers, either in a growth company or in a self-employed capacity.”

Paul Dunne, CEO Digital Skills Academy, said: “[WebActivate] gives local jobseekers an opportunity to upgrade their skills and experience with the potential for successfully securing jobs in the Munster region with our local business partners. Our industry work placements help ensure that our graduates are industry ready. The success achieved by graduates to date is testament to the industry focus we take and we will work tirelessly with our participants and Limerick partners to ensure an equally high level of success in Limerick.”

Closing date for applications is 29 October 2014.

For more information visit www.digitalskillsacademy.com.

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