Tuesday 24 October 2017

€250,000 boost for Local Heroes and jobseekers

DROGHEDA'S ECONOMY is set to benefit from a €250,000 initiative which will provide education and training for 140 local young jobseekers under the Local Heroes umbrella.

Minister Fergus O'Dowd has worked closely with the Drogheda Local Heroes Group to secure the funding under the Government's new Momentum initiative which will train a host of young people in skills vital to the local business needs.

'In our locality, 140 jobseekers under 25 will be trained in customer service and sales over a six-week period and will then be given 13-week job placements with the help of the local business community,' said Con O'Donoghue, chairman of Drogheda Local Heroes.

' This has been a fantastic result for Local Heroes, as our bid, in partnership with Optimum Ltd, was one of only 35 approved under the scheme.'

Optimum Limited have provided training to companies including KPMG, O2, Vodafone, Tesco, OBM and many others and the training provided on this initiative will be of the highest standards.

'I would like to thank Minister O'Dowd for all his help in securing funding for what will be an exciting project for all involved.

' The courses are a further extension of the highly-successful Local Heroes initiative and one that will give young people a great chance access work in sectors of the economy where there are job opportunities,' said Minister O'Dowd.

' The ultimate aim is to place people in permanent employment within one year of commencing their training. It will add hugely to strengthening Drogheda's bid to host the Fleadh to have an active and fully-trained customer-workforce, in addition to servicing the outstanding needs of local businesses.'

'We are already in a position to offer employment to someone for the duration of this project and we will be able to provide additional income to local businesses who have suitable training areas,' said Mr O'Donoghue.

Padraic Kierans, President of Drogheda Chamber of Commerce and Local Heroes organiser said: ' This is excellent news for Drogheda on the Boyne as we turn into 2013.

' The standard of training on the Local Heroes Momentum course is second to none and has a commitment to employment on completion which will contribute to the ongoing regeneration of our great city.

'I encourage those who qualify to sign up quickly as places are limited to 140 under 25's.'

Beginning in March, each individual on the scheme will receive six weeks classroom-based training followed by a minimum of 13 weeks work placement.

The funding will also support a coordinator, who will be based in Drogheda. If you would like further information on this important new jobs initiative please contact Des Stafford of Optimum Ltd on 01- 6728028 or e-mail

Further information on Momentum, its projects and providers and eligibility criteria can be found on the website: or from any of the employment services.