Free training courses for unemployed in Limerick

RECRUITMENT agency Cpl is to offer free training courses for the unemployed in Limerick to gear them up for work in the health sector.

RECRUITMENT agency Cpl is to offer free training courses for the unemployed in Limerick to gear them up for work in the health sector.

Part of the government’s €20 million Momentum upskilling programme, around 6,500 training places are coming on stream nationally in areas of the economy where the demand for workers is strong, including ICT, food processing, digital media and sales and marketing.

A full-time FETAC certified course for healthcare assistants is being designed by Cpl and will take in place over six months in Limerick, starting in March. Those interested in signing up are asked to attend a briefing on January 17 to confirm their interest. Those who successfully complete the course - which includes a three-month work placement - would be suited to work with the sick, elderly and disabled in hospitals, nursing homes and other care settings. And participants can continue to draw social welfare while in training.

Cpl CEO, Anne Heraty said the firm was “delighted to partner with Momentum for this exciting new initiative. With unemployment running at 14.8% and 429,567 people on the live register, the economic landscape in Ireland remains very challenging. The Momentum programme provides a significant opportunity for candidates to develop the skills to return to the labour market.”

And director of Cpl Learning and Development Siobhan Kinsella added: “For us, success in this programme is predicated on providing each candidate with a high quality, comprehensive and integrated service that includes technical training, self-care and workforce reintegration with successful work placement.”

Those interested in signing up for the Limerick course are invited to register their interest at www.learnwithcpl.com in advance of next week’s briefing event.