Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Unemployed? Get a new education?

LYIT will have 40 places available to allow unemployed people to retrain and develop new skills:
http://oceanfm.ie/news/2009/08/04/40-postgraduate-places-for-unemployed-offered-at-letterkenny-it/

Forty Postgraduate places will be made available for unemployed people in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

Its part of the Governments plan to retrain and upskill workers who have lost their jobs during the economic downturn.

The courses are due to start in September and are in the areas of science, engineering and technology.

I think this is a great idea and could be fantastic way to improve one's skills and education, plus going back to college can be a great way to network, make new friends and acquaintances and beats the feck out of being on the dole.

However, what no-one is saying, is that even if LYIT provides valuable skills and an education, you'll probably still have to move to Dublin or further afield to get a job. That's not the fault of LYIT, but there's not a wile load of industry in Donegal and the farming, building, and "holiday home real estate market" doesn't need a wile load of scientists or programmers.

What's also needed is entrepreneurial spirit to create businesses and jobs, because obviously the government can't and most of the international companies that show-up eventually bail when the government handouts run out. Look at Donegal Creameries; using a Donegal strength (agriculture) and our relatively unspoilt land to create Ireland's largest organic farm. Something like could be used to leverage a Donegal strength and could you imagine shoppers around the country clambering for pure Donegal milk and spuds?

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