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    • Connect with us totackle
    • What is Worklink about? Worklink is a not for profit, volunteer led organisation that is helping to confront unemployment throughout IrelandWhy?The scale and impact of the jobs’ crisis is not just achallenge to Government or the agencies responsible tohelp unemployed people get back to work….it is achallenge to society as a whole and we need to optimisethe resources available to us from all sectors - private,public and voluntary. How? Through the Worklink network, we direct professional HR and business volunteers to assist employers maximise the impact of employment incentives and other work activation measures designed to help jobseekers gain employment. Our volunteers also provide mentoring and support directly to jobseekers. Our services are free of charge. 2
    • What do we do?We recruit volunteers with HR, Business and Coachingbackgrounds to: Support employers to help maximise the promotion, take up and effectiveness of work placement and other employment activation programmes . Provide free, practical, independent and professional support to employers, jobseekers and other stakeholders. Reduce the workload, administration and uncertainty involved for employers to engage with work activation and placement Support other work activation and direct employment activity including the provision of resources and support to jobseeker organisations Leverage existing organisations and supporting infrastructure around the country in the development of regional/local networks aimed at connecting people to create jobs. 3
    • What our volunteers do Company advisors assist employers to engage with, design and implement quality work placement and transition programmes for jobseekers Career Coaches support jobseeker bodies and organisations by providing career coaching and mentoring Regional co ordinators help set up Worklink networks in their area Other Support and lead roles help coordinate Worklink activities such as marketing, fundraising and operations 4
    • Worklink BenefitsFor Employers For Jobseekers• Free resources, information and assistance to • Mentoring and training from create work opportunities for jobseekers potential employers• Access to most suitable State • More effective work programmes and candidates placements and internships• Enhanced talent pipeline • Access and insight to employers’ requirements• Opportunity for CSR contribution • Information sharing & supportFor Volunteers For State & Other Bodies • Opportunity to get involved in • Proactive, “in the field” promotion practical job creation activity of work activation programmes and programmes • Additional resource pool for • Exposure to different companies programme delivery and sectors • Partnership in ensuring overall • Opportunity to make a simple but quality assurance and high impact CSR contribution effectiveness on the ground 5
    • What have we done to date? Completed our set up phase including company registration, premises, testing of toolkits/processes, website, piloting of programmes etc. Recruited over 50 volunteers including 2 regional co-ordinators (Gorey and North East). Sligo and South East regions also in development. Ran monthly volunteer training events including recruitment briefings at DCU and NCI for postgraduate students from HR/business disciplines. Building relationships with other third level institutions and other bodies Succeeded in gaining funding from the Arthur Guinness Fund 2012 (One of 10 social enterprises out of over 400 to win an AGF award in 2012) Linking up with relevant State and other bodies such as DBS and DIT on various initiatives such as providing work placement support for students participating on Springboard programmes. 6
    • Current Volunteer Activity Employer Support / Work Placements• Facilitated 20 quality work placements directly as part of our pilot phase. Two programmes have strong potential to create multiple placements around the country.• Advised 18 employers on several other work placement initiatives• All volunteers also promote Worklink and work activation amongst their employer and personal/professional networks Jobseeker Support• Our career coach volunteers have participated in 17 jobseeker events since January 2012 including one to one coaching, workshop s, seminars and information events.• We have provided additional advice to jobseekers on various schemes and initiatives that are open to them. 7
    • What next ? Continue doing what we are doing, expand the network and roll out countrywide….• Regional launches in Sligo, Waterford and Cork planned in May/June with a view to building our regional networks• Formal media campaign from June• Participate in various jobseeker and volunteer shows and expositions in 2012• Continue funding and volunteer recruitment drives and briefings• Develop and build our management structure to support core activities and national network• Develop further linkages with post graduate HR/business colleges• Seek opportunities to present Worklink at relevant business/HR meetings/conferences• Develop linkages and provide support to other relevant organisations and stakeholders e.g. DSP and emerging NEES structures, employer groups etc.• Monitor and track activities and outcomes working towards KPIs 2012 - 2014 8
    • We need your help and support There are many ways you can help us to build a Worklink network ….• Building further connections through your network and referrals• Helping us to grow our volunteer community• Helping us to grow employer participation• Partnering with you on relevant programmes and initiatives• CSR Sponsorship• Spreading the word ! 9
    • Why get involved?• To help with practical solutions to combat unemployment• To use your skills for practical job creation activity• To gain an opportunity for high impact CSR contribution• To become part of a national network focused on supporting employment• We provide the back up tools and information you will need• As an employer avail of practical advice and support to help ensure quality and effectiveness of work placement programmes for your business• As an employer enhance your reputation and talent pipeline by offering quality work placement programmes
    • Do you want to help tackle unemployment? IF SO…• Help us to start building Worklink around Ireland• Volunteer and spread the word Register your interest at Fill in the expression of interest form Phone us on 01-2916603 email kate@worklink.ieIn turn we will:• Provide all the additional information and support you require• Give you access to our toolkits, process guides etc. 11
    • The following pages provide some of theviews from our customers, our volunteers and other Worklink stakeholders 12
    • The Employer View I had an opportunity for an intern to work as a trading assistant but I needed help to go about it properly and make it happen with minimum fuss… Morgan Cassidy, The professional support of Worklink made the process painless. Worklink MD, Kube Solutions helped me to clearly define the role and a development plan that would maximise the benefit of the internship for both me and a prospective jobseeker The role was approved by FAS immediately and it attracted a high calibre candidate pool and an immediate response. Worklink continued to support me in the short-listing and selection process. This is a great opportunity for a jobseeker to work alongside an experienced trading manager and gain key skills in supply chain support in the current market. Hopefully, with the extra pair of hands, we can develop more business in the short term and convert this to a full time job.Worklink is supported by the major employer organisations in Ireland as well as the CIPD and other bodies The provision of professional support to employers will help to improve the employment potential of the various work activation programmes and incentives that are out there. Worklink can play a key role in helping employers navigate these programmes and maximise their impact for both employers and jobseekers. Brendan McGinty, Director of industrial relations and human resource services at IBEC 13
    • The Jobseeker View I was made redundant last year and was out of work for about 6 months At the end of April FAS advertised a work placement with a company I knew could give me the skills I needed to redirect my career Jasminka Griffin With Worklink’s help, the plan I agreed with the employer included time for me to acquire skills I specifically wanted to develop. Four months into the work placement I was offered a job with a leading Multinational organisation – a job I could not have competed for without this experience When a work placement is designed professionally it is a win-win for both the host company and the jobseeker. This process works and to prove it I have now signed up as a Worklink Volunteer to help other jobseekers achieve the same outcome! Jasminka’s experience is supported by the research on “what works” in labour market activation…..Subsidised work experience and training provided by firms had better outcomes than classroom vocational training.Kelly, McGuinness & O’Connell, 2011-What can Active Labour Market Policies Do? ESRI, p.14 76% [of trainees] agreed/strongly agreed that the training and work placements increased their chances of securing work. Skillnets, 2011 – JSSP Final Evaluation Interventions that keep people in some form of labour market activity will produce the goal of keeping unemployed people motivated, ready and relevant for the needs of tomorrow’s workforce. Dr. Liam Delaney, UCD Geary Institute 14
    • Views from our Volunteers and Jobseeker Organisations For some time I was looking for a way that I could put my professional skills and know how to good use on a voluntary basis and provide meaningful support to people who were seeking employment …Worklink allows people like me to get involved in a structured and focused way so that our efforts can make a real difference. Fredericka Sheppard, Partner Voltedge HR Consultants and Worklink VolunteerThe provision, through Worklink, of much needed professional support and resources willbe of great assistance to unemployed people seeking access to employment or internshipopportunities. We very much welcome this initiative and look forward to continuing ourassociation with Worklink.Brid O’Brien, Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed The Worklink network of professional volunteers from fields such as HR, recruitment and career coaching provides an invaluable source of expertise that we can channel directly to the jobseekers we support in our centre and through our programmes. Peter Johnson, Centre Manager, JobcareThrough the provision of complimentary professional resources and support forcompanies looking to provide a quality internship experience to jobseekers, Worklinkcan significantly boost the success of JobBridge and other work activation measures.Martin Murphy, Chief Executive HP and Chairman of National Internship SteeringGroup 15
    • A special thank you to our Partners and our Founding SponsorsOur Sponsors Our Partners Connect with us to tackle unemployment 16