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Minister Richard Bruton launches second year of DCU Ryan Academy‘s Business Innovation Programme

On Monday the 24th of October Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Richard Bruton  launched the second year of the DCU Ryan Academy’s Business Innovation Programme (BIP), with a total of 126 unemployed professionals signed up participate on this year’s course.

 The programme will last for nine months with people securing on-the-job work placements with some of Ireland’s leading employers, while also gaining a recognised qualification in the process.

 Of the 122 participants who took part in the inaugural year of the programme last year, over 55 per cent are now in fulltime employment.

 During the launch, Minister Bruton welcomed the work of the DCU Ryan Academy and met past and present course participants.

 Minister Bruton said:

 “The people I met today in many ways reflect the experiences of so many people across the country in recent years – well qualified, hard-working people who have been unfortunate enough to lose their jobs due to the collapse in the economy.

 “My hope is that the success of this Programme can be reflected across the country in the coming years. Through a combination of government support, the private sector, our educational institutions and above all the hard work and commitment of individuals, a large number of people in a short period of time have found employment again. There are many lessons for all of us here – for my part I am determined that government will keep its end of the bargain and work hard to get people into employment again”.

 Speaking about their expectations for the course, BIP participant Tom Cavanagh from Shankill Co Dublin said, “I am delighted to have obtained a place on the course. I feel like I am taking control of my situation and it’s a great feeling to be in a room with dozens of other people with the same goals for the future.

 I am looking forward to building on my own expertise, expanding my networks and giving myself an edge in a difficult job market, while gaining the confidence to change my career path and obtain a recognised qualification in the process.”

 Ann Horan, Chief Executive of the Academy, said, “We are delighted to have such a diverse group of participants with a wide range of skills and experience.

 Our aim over the next nine months is to work with this talented group of professionals and entrepreneurs to support them in unlocking their potential and ultimately, help them succeed in getting back into the workforce.” said Horan.

 The BIP nine-month programme is part of the Higher Education Authority’s Springboard Initiative and incorporates academic classes with an innovation team placement with one of 40 host companies. Following the huge success of the first year of the BIP, this year saw the course oversubscribed by over 100 per cent.

 Of the 126 current participants, 84 are men and 42 are women and while the majority are Irish, participants hail from all over the world, from as far away as Malawi and the United States.

 Collectively, the 126 participants in the course this year have 2,184 years of work experience.

 Over a third of participants, with an average age of 35-55, have been unemployed for over two years. Fifty four per cent of participants have been unemployed between 6 months and 2 years.

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