Taoiseach Launches National Employment Summit

Taoiseach Enda Kenny today launched The National Employment Summit which is part of National Employment Week 2014.

The aim of the summit is to look at the role technology plays in attracting and retaining talent, as well as to examining the lessons and successes of corporations who boast high performance cultures.

Speaking at the launch, the Taoiseach said:

To sort out our public finances and get people back to work are the two main pillars of responsibility for this Government. I see so many signs around the country now, the beginnings of confidence and enthusiasm. This needs to be tapped into, harnessed and driven. That’s why National Employment Week speaks for itself in what you’re doing. Of the 58,000 net new jobs that were created last year, two thirds came from companies that were less than five years old. That means that in the next decade, hundreds of millions of jobs around the world will be created by companies that haven’t even been heard of yet. Many of those are here in Dublin.

National Week founder and chair Robert Mac Giolla Phádraig said; “This year we are focusing on two central themes around attracting and retaining talent through building a high performance culture and digital innovation”.

“The highlight of the week is the National Employment Summit. Launched by an Taoiseach, we have an exciting line-up of contributors and speakers throughout the day to shine a light on cutting edge innovation around the themes of culture and technology. Each topic focuses on practical measures that employers can take back to their businesses and implement immediately. Our objective is to support employers in building capacity to employ more people.”he added.

This year, National Employment Week also offers a series of Employment Leadership focus groups with various Ministers, including Minister Joan Burton, to share thought leadership with regard to the Youth Guarantee Scheme.

National Employment Week is also supporting job seekers through a national press campaign and online resource centre, offering a series of career advice, tips, step-by-step jobseeker toolkits and video tutorials.