An Tánaiste launches Feeding Ireland’s Future 2015

An Tánaiste with members of FIF Steering Group 2015 - David O'Neill (MD, SHS Sales & Marketing), Declan Carolan (GM, ECR Ireland), Adrian Grey (Group HR Director, Musgrave Group) & Deirdre O'Donoghue (MD, Nestle Ireland)
An Tánaiste with members of FIF Steering Group 2015 - David O'Neill (MD, SHS Sales & Marketing), Declan Carolan (GM, ECR Ireland), Adrian Grey (Group HR Director, Musgrave Group) & Deirdre O'Donoghue (MD, Nestle Ireland)

The grocery sector can help the unemployed by providing pre-employment skills to help them to become "job-ready".

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Feeding Ireland’s Future (FIF) is an initiative founded by ECR Ireland to facilitate and encourage its members to provide free pre-employment skills to young unemployed people. An Tánaiste Joan Burton was on hand this week to launch the FIF Steering Group 2015 .
While unemployment has dropped to 10.7% the level of young unemployed people is still very high with 52,897 young people currently on the live register.

ECR Ireland believes that the grocery sector can work together to help these people by providing pre-employment skills to help them to become “job-ready”.  According to Declan Carolan, GM of ECR Ireland: “We can help improve their level of confidence and motivation.  Through the Feeding Ireland’s Future initiative, we can let them know that our industry cares and that we are ready to help.

“29 companies participated in 2014 providing skills session for over 1,500 young people.  Feedback from companies and participants was very positive with 97% of young people stating they were more confident about looking for work as a consequence.”

What does joining FIF involve?

If your company can facilitate a two-hour session on CV skills then this alone will benefit participants.  Some companies host 1-3 day events incorporating CV and interview skills along with work experience and business insights.  Each company can decide what activity to host and for how many participants.  The Dept. of Social Protection sources participants from the live register and liaises with each company to ensure the event is a success.  All events will be scheduled during the “Skills for Work Week” from 2nd – 6th March 2015.  
Registrations must be complete by 19th January 2015. You can contact declancarolan@ecrireland.ie to register your interest in participating in FIF 2015.

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