Hundreds of jobseekers and employers who are looking to plug skills gaps in their organisations are expected to descend on Hotel Meyrick, on Friday 14 August, as the Springboard+ Showcase arrives in the city.
The Showcase, which is free and open to the public, will exhibit the many courses that Springboard+ has to offer jobseekers, across 42 higher education institutions in Ireland.
On offer is the opportunity to meet companies actively recruiting in the Galway region, to talk with Springboard+ course providers and receive one-to-one career advice from Careers Advisors, employers and Springboard+ staff.
Unemployment in Galway City currently stands at 8,943 people. With 296 courses, Springboard+ offers those still out of work the chance to reskill and discover new employment opportunities.
Set up in 2011, Springboard+ is part of Government’s Skills to Work initiative. Courses focus on areas such as ICT, Manufacturing, Construction, Entrepreneurship, Cross-Enterprise Skills and International Financial Services.
To date, over 21,000 people have participated on one of its courses. Recently released figures indicate a high success rate in getting people back to work. 52 per cent of 2014 Springboard+ graduates were back in work within six months of completing their course, some as employees and a significant number as self-employed. 74 per cent of all Springboard+ participants 2011-2014 are no longer on the Live Register.
A survey of all graduates 2011 – 2014 indicates that within two years of completing a Springboard course, 60 per cent of respondents are employed or self-employed, with progression to employment steadily increasing over time.
9,000 new course places are available on 296 individual courses, at a cost of €27million to the Exchequer, but free to participants.
Alan McGrath, Manager, Skills and Enterprise Engagement, Higher Education Authority says that, â€œIn showcasing the Springboard+ programme we are also reflecting the power and potential of the Galway region.
â€œOur feedback tells us that business and graduates want the same thing when it comes to skills and jobs. Springboard+ provides solutions for both because the courses nurture highly motivated graduates with the job-ready skills that employers need today.â€?
All courses are one-year or less in duration and aim to re-skill people in areas where there are job opportunities now and in the future. Participants who complete these courses will be awarded a higher education or training award at Levels 6 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
The Springboard+ Showcase in Galway will allow people to find out more about these courses and to sample the opportunities that it offers. The event takes place on 14 August in the Hotel Meyrick, Eyre Square. Entry is free and doors will be open 1-7pm.
To find out more visit www.springboardcourses.ie.