Going back to work with Momentum

Michael O'Driscoll in his office at Turners Printers.

Michael O'Driscoll in his office at Turners Printers.

First rolled out in February of last year by CPL Learning and Development, the government’s Momentum project is improving opportunities for the long-term unemployed.

Michael O’Driscoll had been unemployed for two years when he took the Momentum course, and upon completion he successfully gained employment as a quality manager at Turners Printing in Longford town.

“I had been working in the construction industry,” Michael explained. “However, after the downturn I found myself in the unfortunate position of not being able to find any work.”

Michael had partially completed a course in Sligo IT when he decided to switch to a Momentum course.

“It had a lot of the same modules, and it also offered work placement. There was an intense 20-week classroom period, which covered 13 modules, with assignments, projects and written exams. It’s like a bootcamp for people looking to re-skill.”

After that, he began a 20-week work placement with Turners, and was offered a job after finishing it.

“It put into practice the theory I learned on the course, and it gave me a chance to prove myself,” he concluded.




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