Evidence of effectiveness
A total of 3,532 long-term unemployed people had completed a Momentum training course by December 2014. Almost 40% of this group went on to secure a full or part-time jobs, or go on to further education. The end result meant that 52% of participants that started the programme (6,500) were ‘signed off’ the unemployment register by the end of the project period. The final evaluation report suggests that the outcomes from the initiative compare well with comparable programmes in other countries. As expected, final cohort wages were above the Eurostat low-wage calculation, and 40% of the 3,500 participants achieved positive outcomes. The Momentum programme successfully met its objectives, which were to distribute training and employment opportunities across the country. The programme’s interventions reached all age groups, including young people, while catering for individuals with different levels of education and experiences of unemployment. The Programme had a total sanctioned capacity for a target of 6,500 participants, but only 3,500 completed training. So only half of the cohort would benefit, with the drop out rate costing Momentum.
Engagement of stakeholders
The instrument was designed on the assumption that the positive engagement between employers, training providers and stakeholders was crucial for success. Stakeholders were involved in different stages of the instrument's implementation, for example: SOLAS (Ireland's Further Education and Training Authority) partook in the pre-qualification process with various other contractors, and criteria provided by DSP were used as a guidelines for participant eligibility.