Varadkar kicks off Jobs Week with hundreds of jobs on offer

Employers taking part include: Dell, Atlantic Aviation Group, Phonewatch, the Irish Defence Forces, Last Minute Minders, Pepper Asset Servicing, Northern Trust, Virgin Media, Stryker, STL Logistics

26/09/16 Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varad

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has today launched Jobs Week with more than 150 events taking place nationwide for employers and jobseekers.

This annual initiative is hosted by the Department of Social Protection to highlight the range of employment supports and services available to employers and jobseekers.

Jobs Week 2016 runs until this Friday and it’s expected that more than 14,000 jobseekers will attend the events.

26/09/16 Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varad

Minister Varadkar visited just one of the many 150 events today at the Department’s Intreo Centre in Blanchardstown, where the Defence Forces are encouraging young men and women aged between 18 years and 25 years to consider a career with them.

Over 150 other events will be held in venues all over the country, providing information and practical support to local employers and jobseekers. These include jobs fairs, career advice workshops, job shadowing initiatives, networking events with employers and briefings for employers on Department services.

A wide range of employers are taking part including Dell, the Irish Defence Forces, Atlantic Aviation Group, Phonewatch, Last Minute Minders, Pepper Asset Servicing, Northern Trust, Virgin Media, Stryker, STL Logistics and many more.

26/09/16 Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varad

Minister Varadkar urged jobseekers across Ireland to check out events in their counties. ‘I encourage jobseekers and employers to visit some of their local Jobs Week events. Whether you’re looking for work or for a new or better job, services on offer include advice on applying for jobs, preparing CVs and interview skills as well as job offers. Employers also have an opportunity to find new staff from their local area.

“Unemployment has almost halved from a peak of 15% to 8.4% today and long-term unemployment is down to 4.4%. The Government want to halve it again. This means intensifying our focus on activation and guiding more people into work through a ‘jobs first’ approach, improving the quality of jobs available by making sure that work pays through reductions in the USC and improving work-related social insurance benefits like paid paternity leave, and by focusing on intergenerational unemployment and jobless households.”

The Minister also encouraged employers to avail of the supports available from the Department when they employ people from the Live Register, like JobsPlus, a cash incentive of up to €10,000 per unemployed person recruited.

26/09/16 Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varad

Details about Jobs Week, including the Calendar of Events of the week are available at:

http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Jobs-Week.aspx

Want to find out more or to help promote JobsWeek?
Check out the dedicated Jobs Week page on welfare.ie
Follow our Department’s Linked In profile;
Follow us on Twitter @JobsIreland and @welfare_ie and ReTweet our Tweets
Look out for the #JobsWeek2016
Look out for our Jobs Week Press Releases, articles appearing in your local press, on local radio and on the government news site #allaboutjobs
Feel free to share testimonials and photos from your local events with us so that we can use them for further promotion. You can send them to jobsweek@welfare.ie
Suggest to employers attending the events to Tweet using the #JobsWeek2016 and update their Facebook page, or LinkedIn profiles.