Pathways to Work
Thursday 5th July 2012
Chartered Accountants House, Dublin
The Programme for Government has pledged to introduce a better approach to how the State engages with and supports the unemployed to get back in to the workforce. In 2012 the government published its policy statement on labour market activation, Pathways to Work. It is a key element of the strategy to get Ireland working again. Delivered alongside the government’s Action Plan for Jobs, the challenge is to ensure that the creation of new jobs results in a reduction in unemployment – particularly long-term unemployment.
Ireland is facing an unemployment crisis last seen in the 1980s. As of April 2012, 436,000 were on the Live Register, over 42% of whom are on the Register for a year or longer. In the 1980s it took almost a decade for a return to economic growth to result in a reduced Live Register. The Government has pledged that all those who are unemployed will be provided with appropriate advice, support, education and training to take advantage of new job opportunities as the economy recovers. The Pathways to Work approach, by transforming the nature and level of engagement between employment services and the unemployed, will enable as many of these new jobs as possible to be filled from the large numbers of people on the Live Register.
This seminar will focus on the key issues surrounding the transformation of Ireland’s labour market activation policies and examine how this ambitious programme can be developed in a challenging economic environment. It will focus on the practical experience of delivering such a programme via a high level panel of speakers as well as examining experiences from Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
Featured speakers include:
|Joan Burton, TD
Minister for Social Protection
Labour Market Research and Head of Social Research Division, ESRI
Head of Policy & Media
Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed
Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
Communications & HR Specialist
Align Management Solutions
|Dr Kara McGann
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