THE company charged with providing the JobFit programme in Moyross has welcomed the move by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn to save the facility.
Seven jobs have been saved after Minister Quinn approved the re-distribution of savings achieved from other parts of the €20m Labour Market Activation Fund, designed to provide training support for jobseekers.
Limerick’s JobFit programme is one of just four to be saved in Ireland.
The centre, based in the Watch House Cross, has given training to more than 200 people from across the city.
The initiative, funded through the Labour Market Activation Programme, targets people who have been unemployed for at least three months.
Over a 13-week period, participants receive IT training, and are taught how to prepare a CV as well as basic interview techniques.
In a statement, TBG Learning, which provides the JobFit service, a scheme which has helped 30 city jobseekers back into work, said: “JobFit is very pleased to have the opportunity to continue to provide these valuable services in a number of locations. Nationally, an additional 384 places will now be made available on the JobFit programme to people who have been unemployed for three months or longer, to support them with upskilling, with job-seeking and work preparation, to access FETAC qualifications and to return to the work force or into education.
Limerick City TD Kieran O’Donnell described the news as “good for Limerick, the trainees in the JobFit programme and those working there.”
“This issue came up during the election campaign. At that time, I gave a commitment that I would extend the funding, which was due to end this week. The job fit programme is extremely successful both in terms of trainees, and the number of people it has placed in employment. It is one of the types of programmes which work. This represents a product which clearly is working,” he said.