The Employment and Youth Activation Charter

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Do you face the challenge of finding skilled, experienced jobseekers for your company?

Over a quarter of unemployed people have third level qualifications and 90% have prior work experience, of which 14% have managerial or professional backgrounds.

In 2014,  The Employment and Youth Activation Charter was launched to encourage companies when recruiting to consider and support jobseekers who are currently on the Live Register.

Signing the Charter is not just about recruitment and there are many other ways in which a company can pass on the benefit of their expertise to assist jobseekers, such as by:

  • providing work placements,
  • taking part in training for jobseekers,
  • offering job sampling in their company, 
  • offering advice on the all-important CV
  • offering interview preparation tips
  • sharing expertise on career coaching
  • and much more

Many employers and organisations have already made this commitment including Glanbia, PayPal, Irish Hotels Federation, Bam Construction, Kepak, Tesco, CIPD, Diageo to mention but a few, all of whom have recognised the Live register as a valuable resource for employers seeking talented, motivated people. See list of signatory companies here.

Signing up to the Charter can play an integral part in delivering on a company's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda by enabling staff to link in and help create real and important opportunities for jobseekers.

The Charter is being jointly promoted by the Labour Market Council members and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection's nationwide Employer Engagement teams. The Department's Employer Engagement teams are on hand to provide information about financial and other supports available to employers who recruit people who are unemployed.

What is the background on this?

The Charter was proposed by the Labour Market Council, which at the time of its launch, was chaired by Mr Martin Murphy, Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Ireland and by Mr Tony Keohane, Chairman of Tesco Ireland and Chair of the Employment Engagement Committee of the Labour Market Council which oversaw the development of the Charter.

The Labour Market Council is a representative body of industry and policy experts established to help drive implementation of the Government's Pathways to Work strategy to tackle unemployment.

For more information on the Charter contact

Last modified:21/06/2017

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