Fast Track into Information Technology Ltd (FIT) was once again the Irish national partner for GOW 2016 after being with us for the past five years.

in 2016, FIT ran a programme for marginalised citizens who might have limited access to the internet and computers (senior citizens, disabled people, members of the travelling community etc.). The programme showed them how to use the internet and be safe while doing internet banking etc. A workshop on LinkedIn and several other workshops were organised during the week about how to use social media for personal branding etc.

Five eInclusion courses took place during the campaign week. Stands at libraries around Dublin promoted Get Online Week and let people know about FIT’s various courses.

FIT is an industry-led initiative which works in close collaboration with government departments and national education and training agencies, local development organisations and a host of community based organisations. FIT’s mission is specially linked with digital skills training and finding concrete employment chances for those in need. Their idea of is the “fast track to marketable technical skills” for those at risk of long term unemployment.

BY 2016, over 13,000 job seekers have completed FIT skills development programmes of which over 9,500 progressed into employment. 2,500 job seekers are currently participating in FIT programmes. It is the primary industry skills development initiative facilitating collaboration with government, education & training providers and disadvantaged communities to enable greater access to employment for marginalised job seekers. Even the European Commission has cited FIT as one of the most effective employability initiatives in Europe!

Check for more info.

Contact:  Ms Helen Johnston, Office Coordinator