Minister of State Kevin Humphreys meets with Local Employers and Jobseekers during Jobs Week Events in Dundalk today


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Minister of State Kevin Humphreys meets with Local Employers and Jobseekers during Jobs Week Events in Dundalk today

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, Kevin Humphreys T.D. is presiding over a number of events during a visit to Dundalk today (Tuesday, 29 September 2015).  This coincides with the National Jobs Week, which is an initiative by the Department to connect jobseekers and employers with services across the country.

As part of the agenda for the day the Minister will host an employer event in the Crowne Plaza, Dundalk for over 50 companies along with representatives from various State agencies who have signed up to the Employment and Youth Activation Charter.  Employers who sign up to the Charter commit to working with the Department of Social Protection in providing opportunities to help local unemployed people back into employment.

To date some 270 companies have signed up nationally, ranging from large multi-nationals to local SMEs, who all play a critical role in growing the economy. This has led to an engagement with over 62,000 jobseekers leading to the creation of a multitude of jobs.  Of these 270 companies, 75 are based in the North East Division, representing 28% of the national total.

Speaking ahead of his visit, Minister Humphreys said "Louth is one of the counties that play a crucial role in supporting local communities and highlighting corporate social responsibility within the local business community and local organisations. In conjunction with the National Jobs Week initiative, I would like to acknowledge the huge support given to the Department of Social Protection and even more importantly to local jobseekers."

The Live Register in the North East Division decreased by nearly 3,500 in the past year, and by over 8,500 since the same time in 2012. The Department continues to work closely with jobseekers, and provides on-going supports to local businesses. This engagement with employers has become a cornerstone of the Department’s Pathways to Work strategy.  Overall, there has been a strong effective collaboration by the Department with local businesses and other agencies in this area to ensure that local jobseekers can get back into the workforce.

The Minister, together with Mr Padraic White, Chairperson Louth Economic Forum will launch a video ‘Empowering Employment in Co. Louth’ produced by Louth Economic Forum to highlight the supports available to employers and jobseekers.  This video, the Minister said, is another example of innovative collaboration that seems to come as second nature in County Louth.  The Minister acknowledged the strong working relationships between Department officials, under the leadership of Sean Reilly, North East Divisional Manager and Anne Keeley, Area Manager, and many local employers and agencies.

Minister Humphreys spoke about the myriad of innovative initiatives introduced in Louth.  "I believe that these initiatives have come about as a result of the commitment of Department officials, ETB and Regional Skills and Training Centre, DKIT, Skillnets and many others.  However, the initiatives would not have been so successful without the dedication of the local businesses who have worked tirelessly with these local organisations to deliver a quality product."

Angela Smith, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Diageo, who is also participating in Jobs Week events, explained the importance of social corporate responsibility for employers in the North East and how the Learning for Life programme has been most effective in directing young unemployed people with limited opportunities available to them, into rewarding employment. "The skills, developed during this programme, are geared towards the Hospitality sector but are also valuable life skills", added Ms Smith.

Alan Nuzum, CEO, Skillnets, a company recognised in the North East for its input into providing local unemployed people with the skills necessary to become job ready, said "Skillnets has a vast array of experience to support up-skilling of staff and new recruits to meet the changing technical requirements in the work place."

Minister Humphreys acknowledged the work of the officials working in North East Division, under the stewardship of Sean Reilly and Anne Keely.  "The officials have been working very closely with local employers over the past two years and have a dedicated employer team available to assist companies with a variety of services from job matching, work placements and assistance in terms of financial supports through schemes such as JobsPlus."

Later today, Minister Humphreys and Stephen Kenny, Manager, Dundalk F.C., will present framed signed Charters to employers in attendance as a small gesture in recognition of their dedication and support to helping people back into the workforce.

ENDS

Last modified:29/09/2015