The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection recently hosted an Employer Roadshow in Tallaght. The Tallaght event was one of the first locations for the Roadshow, which was held in the Maldron Hotel. The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D. visited the Roadshow in Tallaght where she met with local employers and representatives from local businesses in Dublin West and South County Dublin. The aim of the Employer Roadshows is to promote supports and incentives available to employers from the Department and to encourage employers to avail of schemes and incentives and, in particular those that will assist jobseekers who are in need of support to enter the labour market. This approach supports Future Jobs Ireland, launched earlier this year by the Taoiseach, which outlined the longer-term ambitions for the future of our economy.
Minister Doherty also spoke about the need for industry placements as a means of gaining new, relevant work experience: “I am delighted that so many local employers are engaging with these events as their involvement is so valuable to our work in giving people a chance to return to the workforce. Work experience is a crucial aid to helping people into the workforce – whether they are young people, undertaking traineeships or apprenticeships or returning to the workforce after an absence. Industry placement is a critical part of gaining access to the labour market and giving jobseekers a chance to gain vital hands-on workplace experience.”