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DCU Ryan Academy welcomes significant changes to eligibility for Springboard courses for the unemployed

The DCU Ryan Academy has today positively welcomed the announcement by Minister Ruairi Quinn to changes in the eligibility for the HEA Springboard courses by waiving the six month unemployment requirement for prospective applicants.

Speaking on the development, Anne Marie Scott, Participant Programme Manager at the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship said, “We have met countless people over the summer, who were excited about applying for the Business Innovation Programme, only to be told they have not been out of work for long enough.

“It is vitally important that we harness the energy and proactivity of individuals who find themselves out of work at the earliest possible stage, and the waiving of eligibility requirements is a massive step in the right direction.”

Scott continued, “Facing into unemployment is a difficult prospect at any time, and making these options for retraining and upskilling available to people right from the point they leave the jobs market means we maximise their chances of securing employment as quickly as possible.”

The Academy is currently recruiting for the second year of its Business Innovation Programme, which supports unemployed professionals to upskill and re-join the workforce. In its first year, with 122 participants, the Business Innovation Programme was a huge success. To date, over 50% of participants have secured employment.

The Academy will be holding two more information sessions on Tuesday 13th and Friday 16th September at 10am.  Registration for these sessions is essential and can be made with Anne Marie Scott at:

annemarie.scott@ryanacademy.dcu.ie or at (01) 700 6764

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