We are delighted to announce that FIT will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Cork.
If you are long-term unemployed, finding work can feel hopeless. It does not need to be. FIT is an industry-led initiative committed to transforming the lives of marginalised jobseekers and disadvantaged communities. They do this through their innovative ICT training courses. The initiative works in close collaboration with a number of bodies. Their primary partners in education and training include:
- Educational Training Boards (ETBs, formerly VEC)
- Third-Level Institutions
- National Training Agencies
- Community Organisations
- Leader Companies
- Rapid Coordinators
- Local Authorities
- Employment Pacts
Supporting at-risk people and communities
FIT supports jobseekers at risk of, or already experiencing, long-term unemployment. They also work with early school leavers from disadvantaged communities.
As a result, they support the socio-economic transformation of marginalised jobseekers and disadvantaged communities. Firstly, they do this through offering innovative ICT training courses as a gateway to employment. FIT also develops and promotes technology-based programmes as well as career development opportunities. These are for jobseekers who have become detached from the labour market since Ireland has moved towards a knowledge-based economy.
Technologies now permeate across all industry sectors. Consequently, their work is now more crucial than ever. Therefore the initiative ensures that all jobseekers have the necessary skills to compete for new opportunities as they emerge.
Successfully assisting jobseekers
Established in 1999, FIT is a registered charity as well as a not-for-profit organisation. Since then, they have expanded substantially and now operate across the Republic of Ireland. In addition, they have recently commenced programmes in Northern Ireland under the banner FIT-NI.
To date, over 16,000 job seekers have completed their skills development programmes. Of this, in excess of 12,500 progressed into employment. Currently, 3,500 job seekers are participating in their programmes.
Recently the EU Commission cited FIT as one of the most effective employability initiatives in Europe.