National Employment Week is a forum focusing on the major social and economic issues surrounding employment in Ireland.
The weeklong series of free breakfast briefings features a broad panel of speakers presenting current thinking and new ideas to promote sustainable employment and raise the skill base across Ireland. Each day focuses on a different employment theme, with the aim to highlight the prime sectors of our economy that are ripe for job creation and to promote job creation initiatives.
The week kicks off on Monday, 20th February with the launch taking place in the Convention Centre Dublin. Officiated by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, SME Employment Day will focus on “enabling SME job creation”. Speakers include Jim Power (Chief Economist, Friends First).
Graduates take centre stage on Tuesday, 21st February, with Louise Phelan (VP EMEA, PayPal) and Julia Davenport (Fidelity Investments), discussing the skills gaps present in the Irish market and the solutions to bridge these gaps.
Wednesday the 22nd is Mental Health & Employment Day will focus on creating workplaces where people can be open and positive about their own and others’ mental health. Speakers include Dessie Farrell (Chief Executive, Gaelic Players Association) and Dil Wickremasigne (Newstalk).
Thursday 23rd, Self Employment and Entrepreneurship Day pushes our entrepreneurs into the spotlight. Ireland needs more entrepreneurs to help us return to economic prosperity, so this day has an excellent range of guest speakers across entrepreneurs, contracting experts and franchise experts which include Vincent Browne and Minister Richard Bruton.
Finally to wrap up the week, – Foreign Direct Investment will promote the concept of “Team Ireland” and what we all can do in bringing FDI to Ireland. Speakers on the day include Barry O’Leary (Chief Executive, IDA) and Senator Feargal Quinn