Minister Humphreys visits ‘Network 2 Getwork’ Jobs Week event in Gardiner Street


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Minister Humphreys visits 'Network 2 Getwork' Jobs Week event in Gardiner Street and acknowledges the input of employers in helping jobseekers back into work

Kevin Humphreys, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection attended 'Network 2 Getwork' careers networking event which is being held in Gardiner Street, Dublin today (Friday, 2 October 2015).

The event, which is supported by the Department of Social Protection, was organised by Jobcare, a not-for-profit organisation which focuses on the needs of unemployed people in Dublin by helping them find appropriate work. Today's networking event comes at the end of National Jobs Week and will provide jobseekers with a unique opportunity to meet with employers.

Jobcare is contracted by the Department of Social Protection to provide Jobs Club services to jobseekers.  The total value of the contract for this year is almost €200,000. 

Speaking at the event, Minister Humphreys said: "This year's National Jobs Week has been very successful. This is quite an innovative event where jobseekers have an opportunity to network with employers in a relaxed platform which can lead to job creation.  Since coming into office I have been committed to supporting the development of an active and engaged employment service. Jobseekers who have been availing of the services of my Department recently will know that things have moved on significantly from the days of the old Gardiner Street Labour Exchange where dole was paid.  I am pleased to say that we now have 53 Intreo Centres in Dublin and throughout the country, where officials from the Department engage with unemployed people to help them find employment or source suitable training to improve their work prospects. The Intreo Centres also provide a range of services for employers, including financial support through the JobsPlus scheme, and will work closely with employers to find the right recruits for their businesses.

"Another strand to the Department's work is to foster collaboration between employers, not-for-profit organisations, such as Jobcare and the Department. Jobcare is an excellent example of such collaboration and it offers a variety of supports to jobseekers including the Jobnet programme, training courses, career coaching and work programmes."

Minister Humphreys congratulated all who took part in the events nationwide during Jobs Week.  "In particular, I would like to acknowledge the dedication of the many hundreds of employers in every region of the country. Through commitment and collaboration, they are playing a vital part in creating employment in our country again following a most severe recession and, thereby, they are helping improve the livelihoods of many unemployed people and their families. Working together, we are making a positive difference in people's lives."

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Last modified:02/10/2015