New service links employers and jobseekers
A new volunteer scheme for employers to dispense advice and resources to other companies and organisations was launched this week in Cork.
Worklink, which was set up in November 2011 in Dublin, look to professionals to volunteer help and advice to both job seekers and companies looking to establish internship programmes.
“Worklink is a volunteer led programme to help combat the jobs crisis in Ireland,” said Mary Southwell, one of the organisers of Worklink.
“Essentially what Worklink does is recruit volunteers to do two things. Firstly to work with employers, to help employers understand all the different schemes there are in labour activation, to support and help them design an internship and to bring them through it.”
“In addition to that, we also recruit career coaches who work with job seekers through job clubs. They provide career mentoring and career support such as CV preparation, proactive job search – the whole spectrum in helping job seekers get back into work.”
Mary also insisted that the scheme is different from internships such as Jobbridge as Worklink aims to increase the capacity of such internships.
The scheme is a recipient of the Arthur Guinness Fund, which saw over 400 initiatives apply for funding, of which only ten were chosen.
"The objective of Worklink isn’t to create new programmes and create confusion,” said Kevin Empey, one of the other Worklink organisers.
“We’re looking to add capacity and make the existing progammes act better. What we are doing is providing resources – professional expertise to those organisations that are already in place.”
“We are still in the testing phase so we would be looking to increase what we achieved in Dublin. We helped over 30 companies directly and indirectly since January. A similar uptake here in Cork would be great to see.”
The launch was attended by Cork Chamber of Commerce President John Mullins, and CEO Conor Healy, in the Clarion Hotel. The event also included a talk from Charlie Dolan, Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
For more informations, and to take part in the scheme, visit www.worklink.ie.