Last year, 14,000 jobseekers participated in a week-long series of events across the country as part of Jobs Week 2015. And it's set to return this coming week, with over 150 free events planned across the country. For jobseekers, events range from job fairs and information sessions to career advice workshops. For employers, there are information sessions and events about available Government business supports.
Run through the Department of Social Protection with events organised locally by a number of bodies working together, the idea behind Jobs Week is to promote awareness of the suite of services, supports and products provided by the Department for both jobseekers and employers. These services have been broadened and expanded to include financial support for people when they become unemployed, as well as working with jobseekers to help them to access the necessary skills and training they need to get back into work again.
Read on for some highlights taking place across the country...
Cross Border Jobs Expo
Date: Thursday 29th September, 2016
Location: Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana.
Time: 10am - 2pm
The Cross Border Jobs Expo has been endorsed by none other than former Dragon’s Den and local entrepreneur Peter Casey, who has called on local businesses to support this free event, which will have a large number of employers in attendance with jobs offers available on the day.
BioPharma and MedTech Engineering Fair
Date: Wednesday 28th September, 2016
Location:Athlone Institute of Technology
Time: 9am - 4pm
Several blue chip companies will be in attendance at this event hoping to meet and engage with professionals, graduates, students and jobseekers with a view to filling growing numbers of available vacancies in these sectors. Due to the high level of demand, advanced registration is required for this event.
Register for this event.
Mid-West Jobs Shop
Date: Friday 30th September, 2016
Location: Strand Hotel, Limerick
Hundreds of jobs will also be on offer at the Mid-West Jobs Shop which will provide an opportunity for jobseekers to meet with local companies actively recruiting. Local training providers are also exhibiting.
Now in its fifth year, the Jobs Fair is an established event with a wide variety of jobs on offer and companies attending range from multinationals to local small and medium sized enterprises and includes: 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.
Entry is free to all and jobseekers can register attendance at the entrance.
For more information
Details about Jobs Week, including the full Calendar of Events for the week are available on the Department of Social Protection's website.
While Jobs Week is an Intreo initiative, the majority of events are organised locally by a number of bodies working together. Over 14,000 jobseekers participated in Jobs Week last year and a similar level of interest and participation is expected this year.