Career Zoo to attract vacancy hunters

IT isn’t every day a Government minister gets to become a zoo keeper, but Richard Bruton enjoyed cracking the whip yesterday to launch details of Career Zoo, a major careers event aimed at hiring professionals and graduates for jobs in Ireland.

The large number of professional job vacancies that exist and the overall level of skills availability nationwide will come under the spotlight in September as top multinationals and Irish companies gather in Dublin for the event.

“If we are to get out of this crisis, we must not only be highly ambitious about the number of jobs we can create in Ireland, but also ensure that we have skilled candidates available to fill the positions that are available,” said Mr Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, as he launched details of Career Zoo.

He said a number of reports had indicated vacancies for skilled professionals exist, particularly in IT, and a key challenge for government was to ensure that our education and training infrastructures can respond to this need.

“I am delighted to see the involvement of so many organisations in this event, including indigenous firms, multinational companies, as well as the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology.

“Events like this can help create a new future, not only for the workers and the companies involved, but also for our economy. I am determined that government will do everything it can to ensure that that new future can become a reality for workers and companies right across the country.”

The event will take place over two days at Dublin’s Mansion House on September 10 and 11, with 50 Irish and international companies, professional bodies, educators, recruiters and enterprise organisations in attendance. Major multinational organisations such as Amazon, Intel, Deloitte, Pramerica and Ericsson will be exhibiting at Career Zoo and will be available to the 10,000 visitors that are expected to be there.

Over the past decade the Government has invested heavily in research with a near doubling of PhD level skills in Ireland, contributing across all sectors of the economy. Through the participation of IRCSET (the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology), over 500 postgraduates in the sciences, engineering and technology will attend seminars and visit potential employers at the event.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet leading employers with career opportunities and to explore professional courses. The event will have a strong emphasis on economic growth and will focus on new business start-ups.

* Further details at www.careerzoo.ie

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