EGF Funded Training Courses

09 March, 2012


Velopi has eligible courses in Project Management, certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The courses help to prepare for the PMP Certification Exam of the PMI, and are available to people previously employed in the building industry who are eligible for an EGF grant.

This is an opportunity for construction workers, who have been made redundant, to obtain grant aided re-training and to aquire and develop new skills more relevant to the current jobs market.

1. What is the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF)?

The EGF was established by the European Union (EU) in 2006 to enable individual Member States to provide assistance to workers made redundant as a result of major shifts in global trade patterns.
Since 2009, following a derogation to the governing EU Regulation, the EGF has also provided financial support for applications citing the global economic and financial crisis as the main reason for redundancy situations. However, this derogation expires on the 31st December 2011.

2.What does the EGF do?

The EGF provides co-financed assistance to individual Member States to provide programmes and services to workers made redundant as a result of the adverse impacts of globalisation. The types of services and programmes eligible for EGF support include career advice and guidance, education and training courses, and enterprise supports.

3.Can an individual or company apply for assistance from the EGF?

No. Individuals and companies cannot apply directly for financial assistance from the EGF. Applications for funding can only be made by the responsible authority in individual Member States. In Ireland, the responsible authority is the EGF Managing Authority in the Department of Education and Skills.

4.Can companies benefit from assistance from the EGF?

No. Only eligible redundant workers can benefit from services and programmes funded with EGF assistance.

5.Who is eligible for support from EGF?

To be eligible for support from the EGF individual redundant workers must meet a number of conditions.In the case of redundant construction workers they must have:

a. been made redundant between1st July 2009 and 31st March 2010

b. worked in one of three specified sectors within the overall construction sector

c. been identified in one to the three approved EGF Construction Applications.

All redundant workers eligible for support under the three EGF Construction Programmes will have been notified of their eligibility by letter. They will also have been provided with an EGF Eligibility Number.

6.Why am I being contacted now?

An application for financial assistance from the EGF was made initially on the 9th June 2010. It was subsequently disaggregated across three specific sectors within the construction industry on the 22nd February 2011. These three applications covered almost 9,000 redundant construction workers and apprentices and you were identified as an eligible worker or apprentice in one of these applications.
The three EGF construction applications were approved by the EU on the 14th November 2011. The Department have contacting you now to inform you that you are eligible for the services and programmes being funded with assistance from the EGF.

7. I was made redundant between 1st July 2009 and 31st March 2010 but have not received a letter notifying me that I am eligible for support from the EGF. Why?

There are two main reasons. First, you were not working in one of the areas of construction covered by the EGF construction applications. Second, your redundancy was not notified as a redundancy under Statutory Redundancy Legislation or you were not issued with an RP50.

8. I got a letter stating I’m eligible for support from the EGF but I am working at the moment. Am I eligible for assistance?

Yes. If you wish to access any of the services or programmes being funded by the EGF you should contact the EGF Construction Contact Centre. For training course options please view our list hereunder.

9.How can I check if I am eligible?

If you have not received a letter from the EGF Managing Authority in the Department of Education and Skills and still wish to check your eligibility you can contact the EGF Construction Contact Centre.

10.What can the EGF do for me?

In Ireland, the EFG funds a number of services and programmes. Examples include assistance with job search, career guidance, training and education courses, and enterprise supports.

11. What education or training courses can I do?

A list of the services and programmes being funded by the EGF can be found within the Services section of this site. You may also be eligible for assistance to participate in an education or training course that you believe will improve your employment and career prospects.

12. For how long can I receive assistance from the EGF?

Any course or service you wish to attend with assistance from the EGF must be completed on or before the 8th June 2012.

13. Can I keep my social welfare entitlements if I attend a course funded by the EGF?

To keep your welfare entitlements while attending an EGF supported education or training course you will need approval from your local social welfare office. The EGF Construction Contact Centre will assist you with this matter. For contact details please click here.

14. Will I get a training allowance?

No. There is no EGF-specific training allowance payable as such.

15. Will any expenses involved in doing an education or training course be covered?

As a matter of course, the EGF does not provide for expenses incurred in attending any EGF related training, guidance, or education courses. However, if you attend an approved education or training course that requires specific resources or equipment you may be able to recoup the costs involved. The EGF Construction Contact Centre will be able to advise you further on this matter.

For further information give Seamus a call on +353 21 240 6250 or email info@velopi.com
 

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