From the Ryan Academy

Gordon McConnell, Director of Programmes at the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship, writes:

Currently the Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship is buzzing with the development of our Business Innovation Programme, which is a Labour Market Activation Fund programme aimed at two groups. The first consists of those who are professionals who have fallen foul of the downturn (architects, engineering, legal and financial people, for example) and who don’t want to start from scratch with education. They have an an already acquired set of skills and we can build on that through a mixture of accredited (Level 8 Award in Innovation from Dublin City University) new product development and related subjects as well as non-accredited (modules on specific subjects from country market information to personal ‘soft’ skills).

The second group is the Irish SME sector, which would love to do more new product development and innovation but often doesn’t have access to the skills or money for this. So by developing a specific seven month programme involving intense teaching and placements in these companies we can do our bit for economic development and help solve the issues the recession has presented us with.

The programme is free for the companies, and eligible participants get to keep their social welfare payments. For more details for potential participants or companies contact Anne-Marie Scott at 01 7006764 or innovation@ryanacademy.dcu.ie. More information is available on the Ryan Academy blog: http://ryanacademyinnovation.wordpress.com/

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