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Launch of the Youth2Work Expo!

Youth2Work – Microsoft, FIT and the GAA – work together to help match talented young people with the skills in demand by local businesses

Monday last saw the launch of the first in a series of five Youth2Work expos in Cavan and Monaghan designed to highlight the range of courses on offer to equip young people in the region with the skills in demand by businesses and organisations in the area.

This highly innovative and dynamic initiative brings together Microsoft, FIT, the GAA, Cavan Monaghan Education Training Board in both Counties to ensure the growing number of roles and opportunities requiring IT skills are accessible to young people locally through appropriate training opportunities, career advice and placement supports.  The ultimate goal of Youth2Work is to enable young people get a job – ideally within their locality with a local business. A key message of the event was that job growth is now not confined to larger urban centres evidenced by the fact that there are currently over 500 advertised job vacancies within a 25-mile radius of Cavan town. These fun and informative events offer young people hands-on-support to secure employment locally.

Commenting on the initiative Cathríona Hallahan, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland said: “To date Microsoft has invested over €3 million to help tackle youth unemployment. This year we are broadening the programme, working with the GAA, to provide direct support to young athletes in clubs in Cavan and Monaghan. Too many young people end up leaving their locally community – and GAA Club – in order to get work. The reality is that IT skills are in demand in all parts of the country – and in many cases – IT jobs can be done remotely. Working with FIT, GAA, and the Cavan Monaghan Education and Training  Board we are developing courses which will give young people the skills that will help enhance their employability – increasing their chances of getting rewarding careers close to home.

Speaking at the event Peter Davitt, CEO of FIT told those present, “We are passionate about promoting smart people with smart skills. Our programmes focus on equipping young people with skills across a broad range of areas including Tech, Business & Administration, Logistics & Warehousing, Retail, Tourism & Customers Care, Social Media / Digital Marketing and Web Development. I guarantee Youth2Work will assist young people to find a career path that captures their imagination.”

Gerry Brady, Chairman Cavan County Board explained what the programme means to the GAA, “In recent years local communities and GAA clubs have been decimated by emigration and unemployment, this fantastic initiative offers young jobseekers in Cavan a lifeline and an amazing opportunity to work and play locally and to ensure local communities remain vibrant.”

John Kearney, Education Officer, Cavan Monaghan ETB said: “We’re delighted to be part of this partnership and honoured that Cavan and Monaghan has been chosen to pilot the initiative. Since last September there are ten courses operating in the CMETB region with 200 places available to young job seekers.  Our objective is to link Youth2Work graduates with local businesses and employment opportunities to help drive growth and expansion of Irish businesses nationwide.”

Next Youth2Work Careers Expo in Cavan and Monaghan:

18 April, The Riverfront Hotel, Virginia at 7pm
25 April, Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan Town at 7pm
2 May, The Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell at 7pm
9 May, Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross, at 7pm

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