Tánaiste and Dublin West TD Joan Burton today (Thursday) met with young people in Coca Cola in Ballycoolin, who are making the most of ‘Skills to Work Week’. The initiative sees major brand name companies open their doors to young people who are looking for work, offering them career development opportunities throughout the week.
The visit comes as the latest Live Register figures, released today, show unemployment in Blanchardstown is continuing to fall, with a 13% decrease last month, year on year, and a drop of 10.4% in the Navan Road area. There were 6,884 people on the Live Register in Blanchardstown in February, compared to 7,963 in the same month in 2014.
Speaking to graduates at the Ballycoolin event, the Tánaiste said: “You are among 1,200 young people who are taking part in this initiative, which offers you a unique opportunity to explore the range of career options in the food and grocery sector, whilst learning skills that will be of benefit during your whole career – whichever path you decide to follow.
“During the course of the week, 26 companies have opened up their doors to support young people across the country like you, in building your own personal brand by giving you the skills to create a CV that will make you stand out when applying for jobs.”
The twenty young participants in Coca Cola will receive training from the company in the entire job application process, such writing CVs, preparing for interviews, and carrying out mock interviews with managers. They will also get the chance to question people from the company’s Sales, Marketing and Finance functions on their roles and how they got there.”
Skills to Work Week runs from 2nd to the 6th of March.