Feeding Ireland’s Future Initiative 2018 for young jobseekers

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, in collaboration with Efficient Consumer Approach Ireland (ECR), are hosting their fifth annual Feeding Ireland’s Future Initiative (FIF) for young jobseekers, which will run from 21st May until 1st June. Some 20 leading companies will provide young jobseekers with practical help and advice on their CVs, interview techniques and job searching skills, as well offering them an opportunity to gain practical knowledge of a range of careers.

Since FIF first launched in 2014, feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive: 98 percent have said they felt more confident applying for a job after taking part in FIF and that the opportunity provided very useful advice on skills such as improving their CV. This year, around 300 young people under the age of 24 will take part in the Initiative.Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D., met recently with representatives of the companies participating in FIF 2018, which include: Kellogg Ireland, Coca Cola Hellenic Ireland, Nestle, ARYZTA Europe, Market Lane, Maxol, Primeline Group, Nielsen Ireland and Mars Ireland (full list below).

Minister Doherty welcomed the support of the companies, many of whom have taken part in FIF since it first launched. “Feeding Ireland’s Future provides a unique opportunity for young people to learn directly from employers how to stand out when applying for jobs, while identifying and highlighting their individual strengths and talents. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the companies and their employees who participate in Feeding Ireland’s Future. It is proving to be a very successful and meaningful event for the young people involved and I urge you to continue to build on the relationship with the Department’s Intreo service to connect with and support jobseekers of all ages in finding work.”

The companies involved have prepared a diverse range of tailored events this year. Wallace Myers International will focus on “great ways to get a great job”, while Kellogg Ireland will provide opportunities for hands-on experiences and learning. Those who take part in the Keelings event, as well as receiving career advice, will be trained and will receive a certificate in manual handling.Feeding Ireland’s Future is led by ECR Ireland and is supported by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and Youthreach.
Companies participating in Feeding Ireland’s Future 2018 are:
ARYZTA Europe, Baptec Training and Education Centre, Britvic Ireland, Coca Cola Hellenic Ireland, Dunnhumby, Excel Recruitment, Gala, Goosebump, Irish Distillers, Keelings, Kellogg Ireland, Maxol, Market Lane, Mars Ireland, Nestle Ireland Ltd, Nielsen Ireland, Primeline Group, Shelfstock, Wallace Myers Internationals, 1Plus Security

For more information on Feeding Ireland’s Future 2018 contact feedingirelandsfuture@welfare.ie or for more information on other CSR initiatives within the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection contact caitriona.bracken@welfare.ie


Above: At the launch of Feeding Ireland’s Future 2018, Kevin Mac Devitt, Dunnhumby, Regina Doherty, TD, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Orla Heffernan, Coca Cola Hellenic Ireland.