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.

Employers and business are essential to our economy and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection recognises and supports their role. The Employer Roadshow events will strengthen and grow links with local employers who will be given information on schemes such as JobsPlus, the Wage Subsidy Scheme, the Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS) and the recruitment services and other supports available from the Department’s Intreo service and JobsIreland.ie
Speaking at the Roadshow in Tallaght, Minister Doherty  pointed to the value in Government engagement with local businesses and employers to ensure Government responses define and refine appropriate responses to business needs: The event in Tallaght was aimed to ensure that the approach of activation, as set out in the Department’s Pathways to Work strategy, will continue to address the needs of employers in Tallaght and South Dublin while also providing opportunities for work for other people who, although not classified as unemployed jobseekers, have the potential and the desire to play a more active role in the labour force.

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.”