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Minister Regina Doherty, T.D. visits DIT to launch National Jobs Week 2018

Posted: 26 February, 2018

Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, Regina Doherty T.D. recently met with staff and students in DIT Cathal Brugha Street during the launch of National Jobs Week 2018, which will have a particular focus on the culinary sector this year.

Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, Regina Doherty T.D. with lecturer George Smith and Culinary Arts students in DIT.

Over 100 events will be held across the country as part of Jobs Week 2018, which will run from Friday 2nd March to Friday 9th March. Commenting on her visit, Minister Regina Doherty T.D. said, “It was a privilege for me to visit staff and students in the DIT School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, at DIT Cathal Brugha Street. The School is supporting our targeted hospitality recruitment campaign during Jobs Week 2018. With severe staff shortages in this sector, my Department through EURES is providing recruitment solutions nationally and across Europe, through the online job days being held on 1st and 9th March.”

Speaking after the launch last week, Dr Frank Cullen, Head of School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, DIT said, “As the Head of School, it was with great honour and with excitement, that I had the pleasure of greeting the Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, Regina Doherty T.D. Minister Doherty had an opportunity to witness the education and culinary skills delivered in the School, and we were very impressed by the Ministers knowledge of the culinary, food and hospitality industries. The School Management and Minister's office are committed to working together in addressing the staffing shortage in the culinary sector. On behalf of the School staff, students and management I thanked Minister Doherty for her time and commitment to addressing the demands for staff in the industry."

On 1st March, EURES Ireland (European Employment Service of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection), together with the direct support of the European Commission will host an online Jobs Fair "Connect to your Future" running from 11 am to 1 pm with employers recruiting for the hospitality and tourism sector.  This is being managed by EURES Ireland and officials in Donegal. Additionally, EURES Ireland will hold an Online European Job Day on 9th March. This ‘online only' Jobs Fair is aimed at attracting Irish and European Jobseekers with the hospitality skills and experience to join the hospitality and tourism sector in Ireland.

More information about National Jobs Week 2018 is available from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection website