MICROSOFT LAUNCHES YOUTHSPARK PROGRAMME IN IRELAND
€6M INVESTMENT AND ENABLES TRAINING OF 10,000 YOUTH
Microsoft and FIT launch Youth2Work – an Initiative Developed to help Address the Youth Unemployment Challenge
Today we announced details of our YouthSpark programme in Ireland with an investment of €6 million by the company, and a target to empower 30,000 youth to change their future over the next three years. The programme includes a range of educational initiatives, software donations for youth focused non-profit organisations as well as support for entrepreneurial initiatives. The launch was at Microsoft Offices in the presence of the Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D (Prime Minister), and attended by 300 invited guests and employees. Invited guests comprised people from Government, key influencers, and youth organisations across Ireland.
As part of the YouthSpark programme development in Ireland, we worked with long-time NGO partner FIT to develop Youth2Work to help tackle Ireland’s youth unemployment problem. It is a training and development programme targeted at 18 – 25 year olds, giving them information, advice and access to ‘in-demand’ skills, work experience and interview and CV development support. Complementing existing government funded interventions, this youth focused initiative it aims to reach 10,000 unemployed youth over the next three years helping to strengthen their chances of securing work in the IT sector.
Young unemployed people will be encouraged to do courses in areas including mobile technology, cloud computing and gaming. We supported FIT in the development of the course content and curriculum and each has valuable industry recognised Microsoft accreditation.
Bernard Dunne was also announced as the Youth2Work Champion. A former WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion and now an accomplished broadcaster and author, Bernard Dunne is an example of someone who has continually acquired new skills and has evolved his career in the process. To show his support for the Youth2Work initiative and to highlight the accessibility of the training, Bernard will complete a mobile technology course over the next four months. He will be blogging and tweeting about this progress throughout the next 16 weeks using his Microsoft Surface RT and Windows Phone 8 devices on http://www.microsoft.ie/youth2work and http://www.fit.ie
Initial coverage – Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2013/0221/breaking31.html
– RTE Online: http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0221/368905-microsoft-youth2work/
– Irish Independent: http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/boxer-bernard-dunne-to-take-part-6m-microsoft-training-scheme-29086296.html
– Silicon Republic: http://www.siliconrepublic.com/careers/item/31571-microsoft-invests-6m-in/
Now let’s see if we can do something like that in the North!!!!!