LinkedIn's €180,000 plan to help Irish jobseekers

In partnership with Jobcare...

LinkedIn is set to spend €180,000 to help Irish jobseekers make themselves more employable.

The online business network has announced a new partnership with Jobcare and will invest the money over the next two years in connecting communities in need with economic opportunities through improved digital skills.

LinkedIn's senior director of international operations Sharon McCooey said of the company's social impact programme:

"LinkedIn exists to help people find economic opportunity, so we are very excited about the chance to partner with Jobcare to help people across Ireland get into rewarding careers.

"With our EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) headquarters in Dublin, we recognise that we have a great responsibility to be a positive part of this community, and our team are delighted to be able to support a cause that they are passionate about."

The non-profit Jobcare will use the funding from LinkedIn to update its IT equipment and extend its reach outside of Dublin. 

LinkedIn will also host workshops for jobseekers and allow all of its staff to take a day every month to volunteer for causes they feel passionate about.

Jobcare chief executive Paul Mooney said:

"While Ireland is in the midst of an economic recovery there are still many people dealing with unemployment or finding it hard to find work.

"The experience of unemployment can be devastating for individuals and their families, so we have dedicated ourselves over the past 20 years to help people get over their barriers to employment.

"We are extremely fortunate to have found a partner in LinkedIn, who can not only provide us with substantial financial support, but also help the modern jobseeker with the digital skills they require for today's workplace."