Free Digital Training for Job-seekers to Build Websites for Local Small Businesses

From August 2010, job-seekers in Ireland have the opportunity to take part in the WebActivate project whose aim is to provide them with a free digital skills training scheme for building websites for local small businesses (i.e. SMEs).

The WebActivate project aims to create employment for hundreds of people in four locations across Ireland, namely in, Cork, Dublin, Galway and Limerick while simultaneously providing local SMEs with a way of establishing an online presence.

"Once the programme is over... they will be able to use their new digital skills in building their future careers."

Under the project, people who are currently unemployed can apply to take part in a free 18-week training programme in digital skills. Successful applicants will spend six weeks receiving 'in-centre' training and the remaining 12 weeks on structured work placements, building websites for local SMEs. There are no charges for the SMEs which provide these work placements.

Applicants must be registered with their Local Employment Service and must be over 18 years of age. The training is delivered free of charge to successful applicants; participants also receive a Notebook computer for the duration of the programme. The first phase of training for the WebActivate project will begin in August 2010, with trainees commencing their work placements within small businesses from late September onwards.

Speaking about the initiative, Jim Brick, Principal of Galway Technical Institute (GTI), which is providing the training in Galway (western Ireland), said: "The WebActivate programme is a great opportunity for people in Galway who are out of work to gain new skills and move out of unemployment. Through this programme, they will get the chance to gain practical experience and work closely with a range of different companies.

"Participants will receive training in Internet publishing, social marketing and website design, as well as learning how to work in freelance media. They will use this training to build websites for a number of local companies and, hopefully - once the programme is over - they will be able to use their new digital skills in building their future careers."

He added: "Under the WebActivate programme, 200 people who are currently unemployed will be given training and work placements in the initial phase of the project. It's a win-win situation for all involved: for the course participants, they get digital skills and valuable work placement opportunities; for the businesses, they get themselves online, free of charge."

The WebActivate project is an initiative of the Digital Skills Academy, and is supported by the Digital Hub and several Chambers of Commerce and Further Education institutions. It is being run as part of the Labour Market Activation Fund 2010, funded by the Irish Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund.

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