Ireland Past Editions

2017: Get online with confidence, for work, for leisure, for life!

Fast Track into Information Technology Ltd (FIT) was again the Irish national partner for the Get Online Week 2017, after being with us for the past three years.

For the GOW17 campaign in Ireland, FIT organized the following activities:

  • Training in a number of centres in Cybersecurity and eServices through the project ‘Getting Citizens online programme’
  • Employment and Entrepreneurship training through our FIT/Coca Cola project ‘Youth empowered training’
  • Getting information out to all our telecentres about the event through an eNewsletter, Social Media and websites, along with links to all of the different links that Telecentre Europe provide.
  • Setting up  stands in a few places to give out information about GOW and their work;
  • Creating some small promotional material to go to telecentres along with sending them GOW posters.

Specifically, on the topics of Cybersecurity and e-Services, as part of the ‘Getting Citizens Online’ programme run under the Digital Skills for Citizens grant through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, FIT rab training programmes through the week. The training included sections on ‘Safety & Security Online’ and  ‘How to’. The latter showed people how to bank online, book airline tickers, renew motor tax. etc.  More information available on the website

On the topic of Employment and Entrepreneurship, FIT promoted I-LINC and the efuture project, which aimed to help prepare young people for further training and employment.
FIT and Coca Cola were starting a project together called ‘Youth Empowered training’ aimed at empowering disadvantaged youth.  The modules fell under employment and entrepreneurship, and FIT was rolling out some of the workshops during GOW17.

Together with its 70 partners, FIT planned to engage 1,000 people in the GOW17 in Ireland.

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Contact:  Ms Helen Johnston, Office Coordinator





Overview of GOW16 commitments and activities

Fast Track into Information Technology Ltd (FIT) was the Irish national partner for GOW in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

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.

To date, 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!

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Contact:  Ms Helen Johnston, Office Coordinator