Momentum – Launch

Today, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn launched Momentum – a new €20 million initiative which will provide training and education places for up to 6,500 long-term jobseekers.

Momentum will help jobseekers gain in-demand skills and access to work in sectors of the economy where there are job opportunities, such as areas like ICT, digital media, food processing, and sales and marketing.

Speaking at the launch, the Tánaiste outlined the premise for Momentum: “It boils down to a belief that a person’s first day of unemployment, should be their first day on their way back to work. And we need to make it as easy, and as seamless as possible, for people to do that. The new Intreo offices that are being rolled out around the country – ‘one-stop shops’ that provide both welfare benefits, and advice on training and job opportunities – are a practical example of what we mean.

“So too is MOMENTUM – a smart, flexible approach, that is responsive both to the needs of job-seekers, and the employers who are looking for them.”

Minister Ruairi Quinn added: “We all know that budgets are tight, in households and in the Government Departments. But, we are committed to ensuring that our limited resources are targeted and allow unemployed people to access high quality and relevant education and training. The MOMENTUM model, which sees skills provision married with on the job experience, is a significant innovation in how we spend public money on further education and training.”

Deputy John Lyons also welcomed news that Momentum has allocated €4.2 million of its budget for specific projects to tackle youth unemployment and will allow for 1,500 of the new places to be provided to under 25s.

We at QED training are delighted to be involved with the Momentum project focusing on “Start Up – Don;t just get a job- Build a business” as we plan to train 90 people to set up new businesses in 2013

Do you have a great idea and want to make it into a business? Are you currently unemployed and looking for an opportunity to change your life?

The “Start up – Don’t just Get a Job, Get a Business” programme offers a six month intensive training course that will assist the participants to build their business from an idea into a functioning business in 2013. The training programme will support the budding entrepreneurs through a series of workshops, individual mentoring, skills building sessions which will lead to trial trading and the successful launch of their businesses.

Based on pilot programmes results from the First Impact Report 2012, by delivering training to 90 participants, this programme will effectively sowing the seeds for 175 future jobs within the next three years.

If you are currently unemployed, have an idea, and want to set up a business in 2013 Click Here for further information on how you can take the first step to making this happen.

For further information please contact us 

Additional Info:

  • “Don’t Get a Job, Get a Business”is open to anyone who is unemployed 12 months or more.
  • QEDtraining is one of premier training companies in Ireland and they are experts in getting people started and staying in business. QEDtraininghas delivered over 6,000 start you own business courses across the country and have been vital in helping the participants move from idea generation to starting their own successful businesses.