Tánaiste launches Jobs Week 2015


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Hundreds of events planned nationwide to assist jobseekers and employers

The Tánaiste and the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., and the Minister of State, Kevin Humphreys today launched Jobs Week 2015, which will see hundreds of events nationwide to assist jobseekers and employers and strengthen Ireland’s jobs-led recovery.

Jobs Week 2015 will take place from 28 September to 2 October.

The Dublin flagship event will be the Intreo Careers Fair which will take place in The Printworks in Dublin Castle on 29 September where:

  • Up to 50 employers with job vacancies will exhibit at the event along with some training providers.
  • Workshops on topics relevant to jobseekers such as how to make the most of your job search, CV preparation tips, interview techniques (including competency-based interviews), starting up a business and using social media for job hunting.
  • One-to-one job coaching tailored to meet individual specific job seeking needs will be conducted by volunteer professionals from various sectors.

 

The Tánaiste urged all jobseekers and employers in every county to get involved in Jobs Week: “The Intreo Careers Fair is only a sample of the events taking place.  Across the country a multitude of activities will take place, from Cork to Donegal, from Galway to Dublin and all points in between. These events include Job Fairs, information sessions for job seekers on upskilling opportunities and careers, career advice workshops covering CV preparation, interview techniques and job shadowing provided by employers in their companies. These kinds of opportunities will give jobseekers an edge when they go to apply for jobs.”

Minister Humphreys said: “I would urge all employers and jobseekers to check out the events that are taking place in your area and go along to at least one of them.  There will be a vast range of knowledge and supports available at every event and there will also be an opportunity for you to speak with people for career advice and guidance.”

A series of nationwide events are planned for employers as well, including:

  • The EURES/Northern Ireland Cross Border Speed Networking event for employers in Bellingham Castle in Co Louth where information will be provided for employers on all employer and business supports available;
  • A networking event for graduates with employers and job coaches in both Dublin and Kilkenny;
  • An Enterprise Support event for self-employed  / small enterprises in Mullingar;
  • Open evenings for employers will be held in Intreo centres throughout the country during the week.

 

Full details of the Jobs Week events will be published on http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Jobs-Week.aspx over the coming weeks.

The Tánaiste and Minister Humphreys were speaking at an event in Iveagh House, St Stephen’s Green, to launch both Jobs Week 2015 and review the progress made to date under a separate employment initiative for young jobseekers - Feeding Ireland’s Future.

Through Feeding Ireland’s Future, employers offer young jobseekers expert advice on CV preparation, interview skills and job searching tips as well as one-to-one career coaching.

The Tánaiste thanked the employers participating in the very successful initiative, saying: “Since the very start of our term of office, the Government realised the importance of building partnerships with the private sector to assist and create opportunities for people who are seeking employment.  I want to extend my appreciation to each of you for your continued commitment to Feeding Ireland’s Future to help young jobseekers enhance their skills and maximise their opportunities.  And it works – it helps these young jobseekers to get jobs. That is the ultimate goal of initiatives such as Feeding Ireland’s Future and Jobs Week – to ensure we reduce unemployment as rapidly as possible and create opportunities for our people.”

ENDS

Last modified:11/09/2015