JobBridge.ie

Good news for job seekers. The government has launched the new initiative officially called National Intenrnship Scheme that in their own words will provide a work experience placements for interns for 6 or 9 month period. There is 5000 placements available and they are paid by the government €50 a week on top of their social welfare entitlement.

The JobsBridge.ie web site shows the Participating Organisations: Air Lingus, ISME, BT, HP, Enterprise Ireland, Tesco Ireland, Quinn Group, Glanbia, Coillte, PWC, Mercury Group, 3, IBEC, KPMG, Accenture, Smurfit Mappa Group, Arthur Cox, Dawn Farms, Glen Dimplex Group, ESB, Hertz, Matheson Ormsby Prentice. All respective names, and we wish to see more taking part.

Today is the first day where the internships are being advertised and there is one advertised already. The first advertised Internship on JobBridge.ie is:

On line Marketing Executive
Description
Candidates will gain experience in customer service, online social media marketing eg Facebook, Twitter; IT and admin skills.
Skills Requirements
A flair and enthusiasm for the learner skills as cited above are the person specifications sought in this business.

It is not 100% clear who is really advertising this internship on the JobBridge.ie web site. There is no button to apply for this job – and send a CV or an application. There only clue on who is actually advertising this role is a small box on a side that reads: “In writing with CV to Ms. B.Shannon / HR, Detail LTD, J3 Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co Kildare.”

It really will be a poor visitors experience if one cannot apply for an internship online, but has to post the application? One actually wonders what kind of experience will the candidate gain from an organisation looking for an intern in online social media marketing and customer service if the application process is offline? Let’s how those are just the initial internal glitches with the JobBridge.ie web site and that those will be ironed out soon. It really does not reflect the advertising organisations well when the applicants are forced to go offline for the application for the internship (for On line Marketing Executive internship especially!).

I really hope the National Internship Scheme and its web site JobBridge.ie will help not only the 5000 future interns and the companies taking them, but the whole country. Getting 5000 unemployed people utilise their skills, and developing their skills in the work environment can only have a positive effect on the economy.

Will JobBridge.ie be the thing that will bring our Celtic Tiger back? I really think we would all be happy if it does!

National Recruitment Federation Winners 2010

NRF 2010 Winners

Picture says more than words…

NRF RECRUITMENT INDUSTRY AWARDS 2010

AWARDS CATEGORIES

1. BEST AGENCY ONLINE SERVICE – Robert Walters

2. RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT OF THE YEAR – Hazel Whelan (Recruitment Plus)

3. BEST IN PRACTICE – HEALTHCARE – Locumlink

4. BEST IN PRACTICE – ACCOUNTING & FINANCE – Sigmar

5. BEST IN PRACTICE – OFFICE & SECRETARIAL – CPL Resources Plc

6. BEST IN PRACTICE – IT & TELECOMS – Vantage Resources

7. BEST IN PRACTICE – HOTEL & CATERING – Noel Recruitment

8. BEST IN PRATICE – LIGHT INDUSTRIAL – Flexsource

9. BEST IN PRACTICE- SALES & MARKETING – Sigmar

10. BEST IN PRACTICE – TECHNICAL ENGINEERING & SCIENCE – CPL Resources Plc

11. AGENCY OF THE YEAR – SMALL – Recruitment Plus

12. AGENCY OF THE YEAR – LARGE – CPL Resources Plc

Read the full review on Jobs Market.

NRF Awards 2009

The National Recruitment Federation Awards 2009 was really a great night. It was the celebration of the recruitment industry and it was really amazing how positive it all was. Recruitment in Ireland has gone through its worst years for decades. After excellent Recruitment Conference earlier this year, the Awards Ceremony to be even more uplifting, one couldn’t really expect. It is the people in the recruitment industry in Ireland, the National Recruitment Federation members, and all their representatives present last Friday, that made it all as great as it all was.

Elaine Roddy, NRF Director deserves a special thanks for organizing it all (Yes I was there a few hours earlier to check how the things are going with the organization! :)).

Frank Collins, NRF President – made the shortest speech possible, making sure the dinner doesn’t get cold. On a serious side Franks work with the NRF shows outside of the NRF organization, making him a as respected person in the recruitment industry in Ireland as he is.

Mark Fielding, CEO ISME - NRF Awards 2009

The panel of judges were made up of Sean O’Meara, Former Chief Executive of Young Advertising; Kirsty Kirkwood, Former European Head of HR at State Street Ireland and Mark Fielding, CEO of the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association, (ISME). Ex-MD of Computer People Ltd, Grainne Martin was a new addition to the panel this year as a recruitment advisor.

Mark Fielding, CEO ISME & Ivan Stojanovic, MD Employ Ireland

Photo by Ian Wortley of Jackie Brown Medical

I spent most of the evening chatting with the judging panel of the NRF. It was interesting to hear their reasoning for awarding each award. Mark Fielding, CEO ISME
Made it the most clear by defining the ‘Passion’ as what made the largest impression on him. He was amazed by the quality of shortlisted companies this year, and admitted it was really hard to choose one in each category.

It was also the eve of the Lisbon Treaty Referendum that night, and we had a chat about that. I was shocked the day later realising that Marks prediction of the outcome of the referendum was absolutely correct – he predicted the percentages exactly as the results published a day later! Well done!!!

NRF 2009 Disco

As a true night out – National Recruitment Federation Awards 2009 ceremony culminated with a live music and dance… With most of the cameras way out of focus to capture any of that!

ISME

The news headline today is that ISME, via Mark Fielding says that 70000 jobs are in danger.

Here is the full story from the RTE web site. I’ll pay a pint to the one who can explain why are 70000 people in danger of losing their jobs, and where does it say so in the piece of news broadcasted on all Irish media?

Call for employment action plan
Tuesday, 2 June 2009

The group representing small and medium sized businesses in Ireland has called on the Government to introduce an emergency employment action plan.

The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association says some 70,000 jobs in the sector are in immediate danger.

In a survey published today, ISME confirms that almost all such businesses have introduced either a pay cut or a wage freeze since the start of the year.

ISME is calling for an emergency plan including PRSI exemptions for employers taking on new staff and job maintenance subsidies to deal with the number of firms planning lay-offs, which according to the organisation’s survey, has risen to 35% from 25% two months ago.

Almost all small and medium business have introduced pay cuts or wage freezes since the beginning of the year, ISME says.

ISME Chief Executive Mark Fielding said that immediate action was called for and that drawn-out negotiations with trades unions needed to be cut short.

He said that it was better to have workers remaining in employment than to add to the Exchequer costs by becoming what he called a burden on the State.