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An Education In Ict Including The Excluded Edulearn 09

  1. 1. An Education in ICT: Including the Excluded DEIRDRE KELLEHER EDULEARN09, Barcelona, Spain 6 July 2009
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>● Importance of education and skills emphasised </li></ul><ul><li>● Barriers experienced by marginalised groups numerous </li></ul><ul><li>● FIT (Fastrack to Information Technology) Ltd. – assisting marginalised break barriers </li></ul><ul><li>● FIT: an example of a best practice contribution to the education field in terms of creating a link between industry/ICT skill needs; training provision and helping marginalised job seekers overcome poverty and social exclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Barriers to Learning <ul><li>Poverty traps make it difficult for marginalised groups to participate in education & training </li></ul><ul><li>Social, economic and political structures contribute to reproducing disadvantage </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Importance of Education & Training <ul><li>Education can be an important option for the unemployed </li></ul><ul><li>Education has a crucial part to play in ensuring people have the skills needed to work in particular sectors </li></ul>
  5. 5. FIT (Fastrack to IT) Ltd. <ul><li>A precursor when it comes to providing marginalised job seekers with an education which gives them a chance to gain employment or go on to further education/training </li></ul><ul><li>An industry initiative involving major companies </li></ul><ul><li>25 ICT courses developed to date – responsive to skill needs and personal and professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Over 6,500 people trained since 1999 </li></ul>
  6. 6. FIT: The Target Group <ul><li>The FIT Initiative targets marginalised job seekers defined as: </li></ul><ul><li>individuals on the live register, </li></ul><ul><li>young early school-leavers (under 18), </li></ul><ul><li>individuals living in the family home who do not qualify for Unemployment Benefit payments, </li></ul><ul><li>individuals living in households where income is above the means test threshold of Unemployment Assistance, </li></ul><ul><li>women working in the home for long periods wishing to return to employment, </li></ul><ul><li>lone-parents, </li></ul><ul><li>individuals on disability payments, </li></ul><ul><li>migrant job seekers </li></ul><ul><li>and other individuals that find themselves distant from the labour market. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The FIT Model <ul><li>The mission of FIT is to meet the recruitment needs of industry in the area of IT, through providing training, support and career opportunities for unemployed people, so that they can achieve their true potential and contribute to the Irish economy . </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a link between technology, training and disadvantage </li></ul><ul><li>Technical and soft skills to gain employment or pursue further education </li></ul>
  8. 8. The FIT Model & the Employability Pathway E Job Placement Internships Advanced IT Skills Industry-led projects for the low skilled Company led ICT Skilling and Training for the low skilled Access to Content and Curriculum Access to technology opportunities: software and hardware Assessment of labour market needs
  9. 9. Have learning & employment barriers broken? <ul><li>Two FIT Graduate Surveys conducted during 2008: </li></ul><ul><li>to determine how participants have progressed since completing their courses; </li></ul><ul><li>to see how many have moved on to further education and training and into employment; </li></ul><ul><li>to profile the circumstances of participants prior to commencing their course. </li></ul>
  10. 10. FIT Survey 1 Results Outcomes Survey 1 - 1999 to 2005 Employed, 63.6% Self-employed, 2.4% Unemployed, 17.0% Unable to Work, 3.0% Working in the Home, 2.4% Further Ed, 10.3% Retired, 1.3% Employed Unemployed Further Education Self-employed Unable to Work Working in the Home Retired
  11. 11. FIT Survey 2 Results Outcomes Survey 2 - 2005 to 2007 Self-employed 2.2% Further Education 19% Unable to Work 7% Employed 41.5% Unemployed 21.8% Working in the Home 8.5% Employed Unemployed Further Education Self-employed Unable to Work Working in the Home
  12. 12. FIT Combined Survey Results
  13. 13. Profile of Participants Profile of Participants Survey 1 Unsure 15% 6 Months 23.3% 9 Months 3.5% 1 Year 23.3% 2 Years 19.8% 3 Years or More 15.1% Unsure 6 Months 9 Months 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years or More
  14. 14. FIT & ICT Innovation <ul><li>FIT has pioneered new ways of helping people to draw on and enhance their abilities and also train them in IT; </li></ul><ul><li>S@niors Project (Digital Engagement of Senior Citizens) ; </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 15. Contact Details <ul><li>Deirdre Kelleher </li></ul><ul><li>Policy and Research Officer </li></ul><ul><li>FIT Ltd. </li></ul><ul><li>Dublin, Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>