Over 15,000 jobseekers to attend 100 nationwide events during Jobs Week 2018

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Over 15,000 jobseekers to attend 100 nationwide events during Jobs Week 2018
Particular Focus on the catering sector

Wednesday, 21st February 2018: Employment Affairs & Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty, T.D. has launched National Jobs Week 2018, which will have a particular focus on the catering sector this year. Over 100 events will be held across the country as part of Jobs Week 2018which will run from Friday 2nd March to Friday 9th March. This annual dedicated week of activity showcases the services and supports available to jobseekers and employers from the Department's Intreo service. 

Launching Jobs Week 2018 Minister Doherty said: "Jobs Week provides jobseekers and employers with a great opportunity to meet and connect. There are jobs on offer and employers are actively recruiting at these events. I encourage jobseekers and employers to get involved and visit an event locally." Over 15,000 people are expected to attend the week's events.

The Minister added: "It was a privilege for me to visit staff and students in the DIT School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, at Cathal Brugha Street. The School is supporting our targeted hospitality recruitment campaign during Jobs Week 2018. With severe staff shortages in this sector, my Department through EURES is providing recruitment solutions nationally and across Europe, through the online job days being held on 1st and 9th March."

The Department will host a number of recruitment events throughout the country during Jobs Week where employers will be in attendance with jobs on offer. There will be 1-2-1 CV clinics available where jobseekers will have the option to get individual advice on completing their CV. Advice on interview preparation and career coaching sessions will also be provided at these events.

Two online Jobs Fairs bookending the week on 1st and 9th March and focusing on hospitality and tourism will be on offer. These innovative events are aimed at attracting Irish and European jobseekers with the skills and experience to join the thriving hospitality and tourism sectors throughout Ireland.

On 1st March, EURES Ireland (European Employment Service of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection), together with the direct support of the European Commission will host an online Jobs Fair "Connect to your Future" running from 11am to 1pm with employers recruiting for the hospitality and tourism sector.  This is being managed by EURES Ireland and officials in Donegal. 

This online Jobs Fair will put talented jobseekers from all EU/EEA countries in touch with hospitality and catering employers who are providing job opportunities across the North West region of Ireland. Employers who take part in the online event will have access to a range of recruitment services including registering an exhibitor account, publishing their vacancies on the event website and promoting their organisation to a large pool of European jobseekers. Interested parties will have the opportunity to communicate with exhibitors via individual online chats and to attend the virtual presentations.

The event "Connect to your Future" will be widely advertised throughout Europe via social media platforms and online advertising at www.europeanjobdays.eu.

Additionally, EURES Ireland will hold an Online European Job Day on 9th March. This ‘online only' Jobs Fair is aimed at attracting Irish and European Jobseekers with the hospitality skills and experience to join the hospitality and tourism sector in Ireland.

 The "Arrive & Revive – Ireland" Job Day will be a virtual event created on the European portal: www.europeanjobdays.eu.   

Through this website and its interactive elements employers will have free and direct access to a range of recruitment services, including publishing their vacancies on the event's website, automatic screening and matching of CVs and scheduling and conducting online interviews throughout the day.

Jobseekers will be able to apply for jobs and book job interviews in advance of the event.
The event will go live on 9th March with broadcast of company presentations, EURES presentations, pre-recorded videos and public and private chats. Jobseekers based across Europe and Ireland will have the option to attend online, ask questions after each presentation and engage with employers and other exhibitors. 

Further Information

The presentations that will be broadcast live on 9th of March will be made by the Irish Hotel Federation, the Irish Hospitality Institute, the Restaurants Association of Ireland and EURES Ireland. Employers will also be able to showcase their companies and hold live discussions and Q&A sessions. They will also conduct online interviews with potential employees from Europe. Hundreds of jobs will be available including: Hotel Managers, Spa Therapists and Spa Attendants, Reservations & Sales Associates (German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch & English Markets), Food & Beverage Supervisors and Service Staff,  Front Desk Receptionists, Chef's all Levels, Bakers, Kitchen porters, Night Porters, Housekeeping Staff, Bar and Restaurant Staff. Jobseekers can now register and apply for jobs.

These events are funded and supported by the EU Commission. More details about the event can be found at the event page at https://www.europeanjobdays.eu/en/events/arrive-and-revive-ireland

Some key events:

1st March 10am to 2pm – EURES Cross Border Partnership, Hospitality and Catering Careers Expo, Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny

1st March 11am to 1pm and available online for a number of days afterwards - Online Jobs Fair "Connect to your Future" 11am to 1pm with employers recruiting for the hospitality and tourism sector: https://www.europeanjobdays.eu/en/events/connect-your-future-hospitality-catering-career-expo-north-west-region-ireland


2nd March 10am to 3.30pm – Intreo Careers Fair, The Printworks, Dublin Castle

One of the biggest events in the Jobs Week Calendar, over 50 exhibitors will take part offering roles in construction, sales, hospitality, healthcare, retail and accounting as well as advice on training and job searching supports.

Several hundred jobs will be on offer on the day across Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare areas.

There will also be a number of seminar workshops held throughout the day, which will be open to all visitors to attend. The workshops will cover a range of topics such as "Social Media Job Searching", "Re-Entering The Jobs Market" and "Starting Your Own Business".


6th March 2pm to 7pm – Careers and Jobs Fair, South Court Hotel, Limerick

This event provides jobseekers with the opportunity to meet with employers recruiting for staff and discuss with these employers how they can improve their possibilities of getting work.


6th March 11am to 2pm – Clonakilty Jobs Fair, Quality Hotel, Clonakilty

This event is open to jobseekers and job changers.  People planning to attend this event are advised to bring their CV with them as there will be CV advice clinics available.  Those attending will also have an opportunity to meet with employers who are recruiting in the areas of hospitality, healthcare, construction, manufacturing and retail. 

For a full listing of events taking place around the country visit


EURES (European Employment Service) is a European-wide initiative that has been in place since 1993 and assists jobseekers take up employment within the EU.  It is a network of all the public employment services in the European Union and the European Economic Area.  Through EURES, public employment services share their employment vacancies and services with each other.  

The labour market in Europe (EU) is a single market and all vacancies in every Member State are available to all citizens in every Member State. There is a legal obligation on the Department of Social Protection to make every European vacancy available to Irish citizens.  In the same way every Irish vacancy is available on an equal basis to every European citizen.

Any such employment opportunities brought to the attention of jobseekers by the Department of Social Protection outside of Ireland are completely voluntary and people who do not avail of any such opportunities will not lose their social welfare entitlements here.  It is an opportunity for jobseekers in Ireland to seek work in other EU countries in the wider European market and equally, it provides jobseekers abroad with an opportunity to find work with companies based here in Ireland where such vacancies cannot be filled by jobseekers in Ireland.

The role of EURES is to provide information and advice on job opportunities in the EU/EEA.   By providing information and advice to clients prior to departure, we ensure that all those interested in taking employment outside of Ireland have appropriate information on job opportunities abroad before they leave.

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Last modified:21/02/2018