Friday 17 November 2017

'We were led to believe the money was there until we finished'

Mike McGovern Limerick

WITH one year to go in his business management degree, former Dell worker Mike McGovern is out of funding -- and out of options.

He started the €5,500-a-year Griffith College course in September 2010, with support from the European Globalisation Fund created to help 2,800 Dell staff.

"We were led to believe that the funding was there until we finished," the 42-year-old told the Irish Independent.

"Half-way through year one, we were told that the funding was being stopped."

The money was stopped because EGF rules require all funds to be spent within two years of the application being lodged.

In Dell's case, the application was lodged in June 2009, so the cash had to be used up by June of last year.

The Department of Education stepped in to fund the second year of courses for Mr McGovern and several others, on the grounds that some people had been told they would get two years of support.

That took Mr McGovern up to this summer.

But for the third year, he is on his own.

Irish Independent

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