Blanch IT offers free tech courses to 128 job seekers

17 Aug 2010

The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) is offering 128 free places on four of its technology-based courses starting in September for people currently unemployed under the Labour Market Activation Initiative.

Funding for these programmes will be provided by the Department of Education and Skills, and successful applicants will not be required to pay any tuition fees.

“ITB is very pleased to be part of this initiative to support those who are presently unemployed and it is a continuation of our efforts in this area for the past two years,” Tom Doyle, head of development at ITB, explained.

“Further programmes are currently being planned to help people reskill, particularly those who have lost jobs in the construction and retail sectors of whom there are significant numbers in the catchment area that we serve,” Doyle added.

The four courses covered under this scheme are:

Digital Creator

A foundation course on digital media skills aimed at those who want to add this competence to their CV or may wish to progress to higher level courses in digital media.

Higher Certificate in Sustainable Electrical Technology

A one-year programme aimed at holders of an Advanced Craft Certificate in Electrical. Completion of this programme will quality graduates to fill an appropriate technician role within the sustainable construction or manufacturing industries.

Certificate in Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing

A one-year course for Engineers or technicians who wish to update their skills in this critical discipline.

Certificate in Creative Web Technology

A one-year programme aimed at those with some technical competence who now wish to develop specific skills with a view to employment in the digital media sector.

ITB said that there are 128 places available across these four programmes.

The closing date for applications to these programmes is Friday 3 September at 4pm or can be handed in person at the ITB Open Evening on Thursday 2 September between 4 and 7pm.

Applicants can download an application form for any of these programmes from

To be eligible for these or any Labour Market Activation (LMA) programmes, applicants must be in receipt of their Jobseekers Allowance of Jobseekers Benefit continuously since 20 June 2010 or before.

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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