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

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

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