Supporting Youth Employment

1. Diageo Ireland

Diageo Learning For Life

Diageo Learning for Life (LFL) provides young people on the live register with the skills, training and experience to take up employment in the tourism and hospitality industry, to which Diageo and its brands are proud to be intrinsically linked. Since 2014, 175 young people have partaken in the programme with 70% securing part-time or full-time employment in the hospitality industry, either with their work experience partners or through their own initiative.

2. ESB

ESB Apprenticeship Programme

ESB’s position as Ireland’s foremost energy company makes it instrumental in building a brighter, more sustainable future. CSR is at the heart of ESB’s business vision and they invest significantly in their people and communities. ESB is well-known for its high-quality apprenticeships resulting in electrical and mechanical trade qualifications. The ESB Apprenticeship Programme is a keystone ensuring that the company maintains the level of skills available for the maintenance and enhancement of Ireland’s electricity system. Based in the ESB Networks Training Centre in Portlaoise, the electrical apprentices complete four apprentice training levels totaling 23 weeks training in addition to state training. Last year, ESB announced plans to recruit 300 new apprentices over five years as part of a large scale recruitment and development programme.

3. Mergon International

Building for the Future at Mergon International

Mergon is an Irish owned company that prides itself on innovation in technical plastic moulding solutions, for customers including Toyota, BMW, Xerox and Abbott. Since 1981, the company has focused on hiring high calibre talent from the institutes of technology, universities and through apprenticeship programs. More recently, their approach has become more structured expanding to incorporate an innovative Youth Reach partnership program (Step Up), a new Leaving Certificate Vocational Program (LCVP), an internship program and a global graduate excellence program. Building a strong pipeline of talent is vital for Mergon’s ongoing success in the marketplace. Mergon recognises the value in developing key partnerships with Solas, Youth Reach, Institute of Technology Sligo and Athlone, Dublin City University, University of Limerick and local secondary schools such as Castlepollard Community School.

4. Microsoft


Youth2Work is a Microsoft and Fasttrack to IT (FIT) initiative run over the course of the last 3 years which was established with the ambition to equip 10,000 young people with the technology skills that are in demand from employers all across Ireland. In 2015, as the programme entered its third year, the GAA collaborated with Microsoft and FIT to grow the initiative and reach even more young people. Focusing on the local communities of Cavan and Monaghan, a pilot of Youth2Work was delivered with the support of the Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board. The Youth2Work initiative is on track to have trained 13,500 young people by the end of summer 2016.

5. Zurich

Zurich Youth Activation

The Zurich Youth Activation programme takes a multi-layered approach to addressing youth unemployment in the South East region. A work experience programme for transition year students, a traineeship programme and an apprenticeship programme combine to address the issue at a number of levels. The programmes provide young people with the opportunity to gain the skills and experience required to secure a rewarding and successful career within the Insurance industry and beyond, at various points in their development – while making career decisions in school, upon leaving school and/or going through career transitions. Working closely with their local youth employment stakeholders, Zurich have designed each initiative to deliver on the desired outcomes for the participants, with a strong focus on employability, while delivering truly participant-centric, innovative and exciting opportunities.

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