Why I volunteer with Worklink.

 I think that addressing the long term unemployment situation is one of the key challenges facing Ireland at the moment. While the figures suggest that the number of people who have been out of work for less than 1 year is diminishing, the number of people who have been unemployed for more than 3 years is growing. This has a real impact on jobseekrs and their families, from a social, economic and well being perspective.

Worklink is a Not for Profit organisation, set up as a response to the growing unemployment crisis in Ireland. Since 2012, Worklink has supported 70 employers and over 1000 job seekers in work activation, with 130 active volunteers from the HR and business community, providing over 2500 professional hours of support to employers and jobseekers free of charge.

I manage the Cork based volunteer cohort of Worklink. Along with a group of dedicated volunteer career coaches and company advisors we work to support job seekers and employers.

We organise free career coaching days for job seekers.They can have their CV reviewed or just take part in a chat about their own situation.

Our company advisors work with employers to help them to access the various employment activation schemes and supports available. We also work with local employers to help them to recruit and select new employees.

If you would like to know more contact me at jane@reallyusefultraininganddevelopment.ie or visit the www.worklink.ie website.