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Minister Burton Launches 'Feeding Ireland's Future' Retail Skill Scheme For Youths

‘Feeding Ireland’s Future’, an initiative supporting young unemployed people, was launched by Social Protection Minister Joan Burton today. The scheme will see young people benefit from free pre-employment skills provided by food and grocery companies during a ‘Skills for Work Week’ taking place in March.

Figures show that 15% of young people were on the live register in December 2013. Over the course of the month, the Department of Social Protection will be contacting young people (aged 18-24) who could benefit from the scheme.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Bruton said: “The skills mix of young people seeking jobs is vast. We need to offer a diversity of options for young jobseekers because they are not a homogenous group, their needs are very different and we have to provide for this diversity of needs. This Initiative is a key component in meeting those needs.

“I want to extend my appreciation to each of the employers and companies supporting this initiative for their commitment to Feeding Ireland’s Future through providing their time and expertise. I am confident that this initiative will be a huge success.”

The initiative is being led by two board members of ECR Ireland, Jill Ross, Managing Director of Unilever Ireland and David O’Neill, Managing Director of SHS Sales & Marketing.

© 2013 - Checkout Magazine by Karis Copp.

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