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Get the Momentum to further your career prospects

Government’s Momentum skills courses are designed to improve your chances of getting a job

Written by SpunOut | View this authors Twitter page and posted in education

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What is Momentum?

Momentum is a training scheme established as part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs programme. It’s supported by the Labour Market Education & Training Fund, and is administered by SOLAS, the further education and training authority.

The idea behind it is to offer skills training courses to people who’ve been unemployed for a year or more. The courses are operated on a local basis nationwide, and tend to last between 25 and 40 weeks. Courses can be applied for in the following key areas:

  • Built Environment (Construction)
  • ICT
  • Transport, Distribution and Logistics
  • Tourism (Hospitality, Accommodation, Food and Beverage)
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing (Technology)
  • Other services (Personal Services, Sales and Marketing, Business Administration, other services un-specified)

Am I eligible to apply?

In order to apply for training places through Momentum, you must:

  • Be unemployed for 12 months or longer
  • Be in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit or on the Live Register for 12 months or longer
  • Be actively seeking work
  • Be willing to commit to full-time classroom courses over a number of months

Note: Periods spent on Back to Education Allowance, VTOS, FÁS/Fáilte Ireland Training courses, Youthreach, Community Employment Schemes, TUS, the Rural Social Scheme, Back to Work Scheme, Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or Job Initiative may count towards meeting the eligibility for MOMENTUM, provided that you have completed the scheme in question and are back on the Live Register.

How do I apply?

Once you’ve decided that you have the relevant skills on offer to suit a particular course, identified a sector you’d like to work in, and have fully committed to finding work, simply contact your local Social Protection Intreo Centre/Local Office and they'll get you sorted with a place.

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Published October 7th, 2014
Last updated February 21st, 2018
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