Youth2Work is a Microsoft and FIT (Fastrack to IT) youth employment training programme designed to help get young people in Ireland working. Developed in partnership between Microsoft and FIT, it combines industry insight and commitment with years of hands on experience of delivering training programmes designed to deliver in demand IT skills.
Microsoft and FIT have worked together for over ten years to help address the challenge of unemployment.
Microsoft is investing €5m in the form of software donations, curriculum support, financial aid as well as volunteer mentors and supporters from within the employee base. The ambition is to train over 10,000 young people in Ireland over the next 3 years – equipping them with the right skills, the right on the job training and the right social and practical supports for interviewing with success which will position them well to achieve their ambition of getting a job.
FIT has developed a range of tailored courses in areas such as Cloud, Gaming, Mobility and will manage the delivery of training at centres in Dublin and Cork.
The Microsoft/FIT Youth2Work programme reflects the aims of the global Microsoft YouthSpark initiative by its inclusive approach, seeking to support all young people from the most challenged to the most capable by providing the opportunity for each one to take their own next step and in so doing to become inspired to develop their talent and follow their dream.
Youth2Work complements existing government initiatives such as Momentum in which FIT is a prime partner delivering over a quarter of the ICT programmes nationally in campus style locations in centres in Dublin and Cork. FIT also works in close partnership with FAS, VECs, schools and Youthreach to support job seekers.
For further information on how to get involved in Youth2Work courses or have your organisation become involved in the program, click here.Bernard Dunne, former WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion, is leading by example.
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