Ireland striker Kevin Doyle took to the pitch for a different sort of fitness training today, when he helped 3, the proud sponsor of the national football team announce their support for JobFit, Rehab’s programme to help unemployed people back into the workplace or further education.
JobFit centers are located around the county, in football communities and whether you are looking to pass a football on the pitch or trying to score a new job JobFit can give you the skills and support to be fully fit for the challenge.
3, Ireland’s largest high speed network, is the first major multi-national corporation to become involved in the programme and is offering work experience placements to suitable JobFit participants in its 3Stores nationwide. The JobFit programme, is free to participants and includes training that leads to nationally – recognised qualifications as well as tailored support and guidance to aid people in applying for jobs, and work experience placements with employers.
Speaking at the announcement, Mark Redmond, People and Property Director at 3 said, “Partnering with JobFit is an ideal match for 3 as those enrolling in the programme want to progress their education and careers. The participants we have met are highly motivated and just like the we like to have in our team at 3. We are looking forward to welcoming JobFit participants to our stores on work placement over the coming weeks and to providing them with both an engaging and rewarding experience”.
Angela Kerins, Rehab Group Chief Executive added, “Working with a large, successful organisation such as 3 is a great boost for our JobFit programme, as it presents participants with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. Work placements are important for JobFit participants, enabling them to learn new skills and build confidence. JobFit helps participants to become job-ready, and Employer Liaison Officers are on hand in all the JobFit centres to discuss placement opportunities and to seek out suitable candidates for interested employers with vacancies. Rehab would urge other employers to get involved also – in this challenging climate, it is important that we all pull together to achieve a greater number of people in employment.”
JobFit aims to help people who have been unemployed and in receipt of social welfare for three months or more and are qualified to Junior Certificate level or below, to get a job or move onto further education or employment-related training. JobFit is a free programme, lasting up to thirteen weeks, and is delivered by TBG Learning in partnership with National Learning Network, both Rehab Group companies.
Eleven JobFit centres operate around the country, in Blanchardstown, Smithfield, Tallaght, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Castlebar, Athlone and Dundalk. JobFit is funded by the Labour Market Activation Fund of the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund of the European Union.
JobFit offers people the opportunity to retrain and upskill in a range of areas, with a concentration on IT, office, sales and retail skills, as well as getting hands-on work placements in sectors of their choice.
Other modules on offer by JobFit are health and social care, consumer awareness, manual handling, workplace safety and food hygiene. On successful completion, participants can achieve FETAC Level 3 Preparation for Work, FETAC Level 3 Computer Literacy and FETAC Level 3 Work Orientation qualifications. JobFit participants who qualify for a social welfare payment may qualify to retain that benefit while on the programme and JobFit will continue to support those who secure employment for up to three months.
To find out more about JobFit and the services on offer, log on to www.jobfit.ie or visit www.three.ie