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Learning @ Work

This initiative developed first in 2001 from the work of the DEP Education and Employment Working Group. A pilot project was launched and was followed by a second round (2005-06) in the Tallaght, Clondalkin and Northside areas. These pilots were evaluated positively by Mazars and supported by the social partners in the national agreement Sustaining Progress. The second round was evaluated by Hibernian Consulting, producing the report The Challenges of Workplace Learning (2007), launched by Education Minister Brian Lenihan T.D. The essence of the projects involved combining FÁS and Department of Education (VEC) resources to bring educational upskilling to the low skilled in the workplace, and operating at local level through the networks developed by the area partnerships. On the basis of the success of these pilot initiatives, DEP developed a proposal in September 2007 for a new and more comprehensive round involving six Partnership areas (Northside-Ballymun-Blanchardstown-Clondalkin-Rathmines-Tallaght). All training was Fetac accredited and rolled out across six areas in Dublin in partnership with FAS, City & County VEC, Northside Partnership, Dodder Valley (Tallaght) Partnership, Clondalkin Partnership, Rathmines Partnership, Ballymun Jobs Club and Blanchardstown Partnership. This most recent round of Learning at Work will be completed in April 2010, you can read the draft Evaluation Report here.

Actions in 2008-10

  • Contract concluded with FAS for Learning at Work in February 2008. €1m project over two years including management costs to DEP and co-funding from Dept. Education. Key partners are FÁS and Dublin City and County VECs. Training element contracted directly by FÁS with VEC. Project covers six partner areas.
  • Roll out of Learning at Work begins May 2008 and concludes in November 2009.
  • A full formative evaluation accompanied the programme and was published in January 2010 as Flexible Workplace Learning in a time of economic crisis. This provides a full account of the work of the programme, which led to the training to FETAC standard of 550 formerly low skilled workers.
  • Following completion of the Programme, a comprehensive proposal was submitted to Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Ms Mary Coughlan T.D., in October 2009, recommending a programme based on Learning @ Work and Job Rotation as an appropriate response to the unemployment crisis: Working and Learning – A modest proposal for our time.