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Thursday 22 August 2019

Boxer Bernard Dunne to take part in €6m Microsoft training scheme

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Former World Champion boxer Bernard Dunne will be taking part in new course being run by Microsoft to help young people get jobs in computer skills.

The company is spending €6m with the aim of training 10,000 young people over the next three years to help their chances of getting work in the IT sector.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launched the Youthspark Programme at the multi-nationals offices in Sandyford, Co Dublin.

Mr Dunne said he will complete a mobile technology course over the next four months as a Youth2Work champion.

Speaking at the event, he said he was an example of someone with no computer skills and used Microsoft Word for one of the first times to type his speech.

He said his participation in the course, which he will chronicle through blogs and Twitter, was to show how it was open to people of all skill levels.

"Regardless of what you want to do or what kind of a job you ultimately end up in, having technology skills is essential," he said.

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