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DCU Ryan Academy launches second year of Business Innovation Programme at Open Information Day

August 11, 2011 Leave a comment

First year of course sees over one third of participants successfully employed by end of year

The DCU Ryan Academy has launched the second year of its Business Innovation Programme, which supports unemployed professionals to upskill and re-join the workforce.  The programme harnesses the experience and potential of unemployed professionals and is tailored to suit the needs of those looking to upskill.

In its first year, with 122 participants, BIP was a huge success. To date, 54 participants have secured employment.  Of these, 5 participants who did internships found employment with their host company.  The programme, approved as part of the Higher Education Authority’s Springboard initiative, is focused on supporting participants in their continuing search for work. In fact, 23 of the 32 individuals who left the programme prior to exams in May did so because they had successfully secured employment.

Speaking at the open day, Ann Horan, Chief Executive of the Academy said, “We are focussed on working with people to increase their employability. We want to build on the success of last year, where we have seen almost 50% and counting of our participants back in the workforce”.

“The only way we as a nation will recover is by developing and nurturing our best and our brightest people.  Our aim at the Academy is to work with individuals and entrepreneurs to help them achieve their potential.”

Speaking about his experience in the Programme, BIP Graduate Mike Cosgrave said, “The Ryan Academy helped me take control of my situation, taught me new skills and challenged me to think in innovative and different ways.

“In the past year I have developed a new network of contacts, given myself an edge in the job market and given myself an excellent platform for starting my own business.”

The next open day is on Friday the 19th August in the Ryan Academy in Citywest


Business Innovation Programme Gets Support From Labour’s Deputy Broughan

August 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Dublin North East Labour Deputy Tommy Broughan has encouraged his unemployed constituents to check out the 2011 DCU Ryan Academy Business Innovation Programme.  The programme will help unemployed professionals to upskill and re-join the workforce.  It has been approved as part of the Higher Education Authority’s Springboard initiative and is free to eligible participants.

It is a 9 month part-time programme with both academic classes and work experience, thus providing training and qualifications in innovation and entrepreneurial skills and product/service development as a route to business expansion.

Eligible participants must be a graduate or professional with a minimum of 5 years work experience or a non-graduate professional with significant work experience at managerial level.

Deputy Broughan said, “DCU are currently recruiting participants for the 2011 programme and are holding Open Days for prospective students on 29th July and 19th August from 10am to 12pm at 3013 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24. I would urge all constituents who are unemployed and eligible for the programme to strongly consider taking part.”

Ryan Academy’s Ann Horan speaks to Newstalk about the new CSO figures

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

DCU Ryan Academy’s Chief Executive, Ann Horan was a guest on Newstalk’s Breakfast Business show this morning.  She spoke to Ian Guider about yesterday’s CSO figures and ways to increase employability.

The latest set of figures released by the CSO shows not only the huge amount of people who are unemployed in this country but also that the situation is not improving.   However, there are options and opportunities for people.  With such a difficult job market, people should consider what avenues are available to them to up skill or re-train to increase their chances of securing employment.

The DCU Ryan Academy’s Business Innovation Programme is focused on working with people to increase their employability. We want to build on the success of last year, where we have seen one third and counting of our programme participants return to the workforce.

To listen to the radio interview, click here.  The segment is in part 1 and starts at 6:33.