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Skills for Work

Skills for Work is the first national programme targeting basic literacy and numeracy/IT skills training at low skilled workers in the workplace. The programme – under the FÁS One Step Up Programme – aims to assist workers achieve FETAC Level 3 standards. The methodology for this programme derived from the FÁS-VEC collaborative system developed under the DEP Learning at Work programme.

Actions in 2008-10

  • A contract was concluded by DEP with FÁS in May 2008 to coordinate delivery of Skills for Work across Dublin to June 2009. Two coordinators were employed - Ger Dorgan and Sinéad Hyland.
  • Despite very difficult economic conditions from September 2008 which greatly impacted on the potential of the initiative, by the end of the contract year Skills for Work had achieved over its target of 370 trainees completing training.
  • Budgetary restraints led to severe cutbacks in FÁS workplace training initiatives and in 2009 the contract with DEP was not renewed.
  • A full formative evaluation accompanied the programme and will be 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 370 formerly severely low skilled workers.