Limerick jobseekers begin college courses

first_imgLimerick Post Show | FOLM Project Previous article#VIDEO Minister launches month-long children’s festivalNext article500 Limerick calls to senior help line John Keogh Twitter Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Women in the Creative Arts to take centre stage at LIT’s International Women’s Day Flagship Event Print WhatsApp International Women’s Day LIT Email Facebookcenter_img  APPROXIMATELY 200 Limerick jobseekers are helping to boost their prospects of returning to work by starting third level courses at the University of Limerick this year through the state-funded Springboard programme.At Limerick Institute of Technology, a further group of jobseekers will take part in the five courses available through the programme there.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Professor Paul McCutcheon, vice president academic registrar at UL, said: “As the country strives towards a sustainable economic recovery, it is important that those who lost their jobs in recent years are equipped with skills sought by employers now and in the future.“What unites all of the Springboard courses is that they cover areas where there is jobs growth in Limerick and elsewhere. Graduates will, therefore, be in a strong position to re-enter the workforce and embark on the next phase of their careers.”Places on the Springboard courses are offered free to those who qualify and the courses are delivered flexibly, allowing jobseekers to retain their benefits and continue their search for employment.The skills taught on the programmes have been specifically selected to match the current job market and concentrate on areas where there is existing and projected growth.“We are delighted to offer programmes in areas where job prospects are solid and, in fact, there are identified skills shortages. LIT has worked intensively with key industry partners to develop these programmes and to ensure that there will be a seamless progression for students from study to work placements and – ultimately – to sustainable jobs,” commented LIT president Dr Maria Hinfelaar.At UL, a total of 159 students recently commenced classes in the nine Springboard courses available at the university, while an additional 40 students are expected to begin courses in January.The courses at UL provide qualifications in areas such as mobile and cloud computing, software development, international entrepreneurship, and management and human resources.Springboard programmes at LIT include biopharmaceuticals, creative multimedia programming, and digital manufacturing and innovation. LIT Development & Public Engagement Manager, Seamus Hoyne, is awarded the SEAI Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Energy Award. NewsLimerick jobseekers begin college coursesBy John Keogh – September 15, 2014 681 Advertisement TAGSDr Maria HinfelaarDr Paul McCutcheonLITSpringboardUL Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LIT Launches unique new programme on Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control last_img read more

Lion Air offers discounts to rev up business amid virus fears

first_imgIndonesia’s largest low-cost carrier, Lion Air, is offering discounts for flights to and from three destinations across the country as the aviation business is weighed down by the coronavirus outbreak widely believed to have originated from Wuhan, China.The airline will offer discounts of up to 60 percent for flights to and from Batam, Riau Islands; Manado, North Sulawesi, and Denpasar, Bali, following a meeting with government officials on the matter. The three destinations are among the favorite destinations of Chinese tourists, who for years have been the main group of foreign visitors to Indonesia.Lion Air Group spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro said the company offered discounts of up to 50 percent for flights from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, to Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado. Meanwhile, tickets from Soekarno-Hatta airport to I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar are up to 60 percent cheaper, as are flights from Jakarta to Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam.“Lion Air is offering the lowest prices for flights to the three destination,” Danang said on Thursday, as quoted by, adding that promotional discounts had also been applied to flights to other destinations.Read also: Govt asks airlines to slash fares to Bali, Bintan to keep tourism afloat amid virus scareDanang went on to say that the airline operator had taken the measure because it was entering the low season with fewer travellers. Lion Air hoped the promotion would encourage people to travel by air. Aside from the low season, the spokesperson said, there had been calls to lower domestic airfares in response to the virus outbreak.The government has urged airlines to entice domestic tourists with special discounts for flights to top tourist destination as part of the country’s strategy to cope with declining foreign tourist arrivals amid the coronavirus outbreak.Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the declining number of Chinese tourists had been discussed with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo after the government enforced a travel ban on Chinese tourists.Read also: China virus spread continues to hit Indonesia’s tourist sectorThe government has imposed a travel ban to and from mainland China in a bid to prevent the 2019-nCoV virus from entering the country, despite its potential effect on tourism in Indonesia.Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said the travel ban would be a big challenge for the country as the number of Chinese tourists was quite large.Chinese tourists accounted for 12 percent of the 16.1 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2019, or some 2 million visits that year. (ydp)Topics :last_img read more