Tánaiste & Social Protection Minister Joan Burton Launches Employment and Youth Activation Charter


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Tánaiste and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton Launches Employment and Youth Activation Charter at the Back to Work Masterclass and Jobs Expo

  • Employers pledge at least 50% of candidates considered for interview will be taken from the Live Register
  • Expo sees 400-plus vacant roles in areas such as retail, food, healthcare, cosmetics, IT and property highlighted to jobseekers.

29th September 2014: Tánaiste Joan Burton, T.D. today launched the Employment and Youth Activation Charter at the Back to Work Masterclass and Jobs Expo, a free event for jobseekers organised by the Department of Social Protection and major employers as part of Jobs Week.

Employers which sign this Charter commit that at least 50% of candidates considered for interview will be taken from the Live Register. They will also implement a selection of measures which seek to prime those who are out of work to take up jobs.

The Charter was proposed by the Labour Market Council, the body of industry and policy experts which was established by the Tánaiste in 2013 to help drive implementation of the Government's Pathways to Work strategy to tackle unemployment.

The Tánaiste launched the Charter with the Minister of State for Employment, Community and Social Support Kevin Humphreys; Mr Martin Murphy, Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Ireland and Chair of the Labour Market Council, and 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 Tánaiste said: "The Employment and Youth Activation Charter is a vital initiative that will help speed up the progress we are making on the employment front through the Government's Pathways to Work and Action Plan for Jobs strategies. Overall, employment has increased by over 75,000 since the beginning of 2012, but there remain too many people out of work, and the Charter shows how the Government is working with both employers and jobseekers to help grow business and reduce the Live Register so that everyone benefits."

Minister of State Humphreys said: "The Charter has already gained traction with industry and I am delighted that we are launching it officially today at the start of Jobs Week, which sees a number of events take place including today's Back to Work Masterclass and Jobs Expo. The Expo is a free employer-led event that highlights vacancies and facilitates job seekers in attaining expert career advice, as well as interview and CV-writing skills."

Mr Keohane said: "The Charter is an important signal to those fighting to enter the workforce that Ireland's business community is behind them every step of the way. From providing people with pre-employment skills to facilitating people in making the leap through placements, and from participating in Department of Social Protection Job Clubs to working with local schools to provide an early insight into the world of work, Irish business is mobilising for progress on unemployment. Through the commitment that at least 50% of candidates considered for interview will be taken from the Live Register, we expect that the Charter will have an immediate and positive impact in terms of tackling unemployment."

Mr Murphy said: "The Charter represents a series of concrete commitments made by enterprise that will give those who are unemployed an opportunity to get started in rewarding careers which make best use of their talents and unique skills. This is an excellent demonstration of how the Labour Market Council is working with Government and employers to speed up Ireland's recovery and help jobseekers back to work."

Companies and organisations which attended the Back to Work Masterclass and Jobs Expo included PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, Independent News and Media, Tesco the Department of Social Protection and Dublin Chamber of Commerce, which are all partners to the event.

More than forty other organisations took part in the employer-led Expo, which showcased jobs available in areas as diverse as retail, food, healthcare, cosmetics, IT and property, including the following:

All In Care Ltd
Ammeon
Aramark
BAM Group Ireland
BWG
Compass Group Ireland
Country Crest
Cpl
Cpl Learning and Development
CR2
Dalata Hotel Group PLC
Diaego
ESB
ETC Consult
Field Management Ireland
Flexsource Solutions
FRS Recruitment
Hertz
Hilton Foods Ireland

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
IBM
IDA Ireland
Ignite- Sparking Self Employment
INNER CITY ENTERPRISE
Intreo
Jobcare
John Sisk & Son Ltd
Keelings
Kepak Group
Kerry Foods
Manpower Ireland
Martinsen Mayer
Morgan McKinley
Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland
National College of Ireland
National Recruitment Federation

NIBRT
OLIVER
O'Neill & Brennan
O'Reilly Recruitment
PayPal
Recruitment Plus
Reed Ireland
Roadstone Ltd
Sigmar Recruitment
Skills to Work
Sli Nua Careers
TempBuddy
Tesco Distribution Donabate
The Logiskills Group
The Powder Room Girls
Three Q PERMS & TEMPS
UPS
Xetec

 

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

For further information please contact Veronica Scanlan, Press Officer at 01-7043847.

Note to Editors:

Further details about Jobs Week, including the planned activities during the week are available on the Department's website at - www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Jobs-Week.aspx.

The Labour Market Council advises the Tánaiste on implementation of the Pathways strategy, monitors progress and puts forward additional proposals to complement the reforms to labour market policy already underway in the Department of Social Protection.

The members of the council are:

Martin Murphy MD Hewlett Packard Ireland (Chairman of the Council)
Tony Keohane Chairman Tesco
Heather Reynolds CEO Eishtec
Martin Costello Group HR Manager Glanbia
Kevin Empey Towers Watson
Prof. John Martin (ex OECD Director of Employment and Social Affairs)
Prof. Philip O'Connell Geary Institute UCD
Alan Gray Indecon
Marie Sherlock SIPTU
Brid O'Brien INOU
Tony Donohoe IBEC

Last modified:29/09/2014