The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, in collaboration with Efficient Consumer Approach Ireland (ECR),has announced the launch of the fifth annual Feeding Ireland’s Future Initiative (FIF), which will run from 21 May until 1 June.

Some 20 leading companies are participating in FIF 2018, which will provide young jobseekers with practical help and advice on developing their key skills and give them hands-on experience of careers in a range of sectors.

Since FIF first launched in 2014, feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive: 98 percent have said they felt more confident applying for a job after taking part in FIF and that the opportunity provided very useful advice on skills such as improving their CV. This year, around 300 young people under the age of 24 will take part in the Initiative.

Minister for employment affairs and social protection, Regina Doherty, met recently with representatives of the companies participating in FIF 2018, which will include companies such as Kellogg Ireland, Coca Cola and Hellenic Ireland.

Doherty said: “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the companies and their employees who participate in Feeding Ireland’s Future. It is proving to be a very successful and meaningful event for the young people involved and I urge you to continue to build on the relationship with the department’s Intreo service to connect with and support jobseekers of all ages in finding work.”

The companies involved have prepared a diverse range of tailored events this year. Wallace Myers International will focus on “great ways to get a great job”, while Kellogg Ireland will provide opportunities for hands-on experiences and learning. Those who take part in the Keelings event, as well as receiving career advice, will be trained and will receive a certificate in manual handling.

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