· Workshop 1: Inter-agency co-operation for a more inclusive local labour market
This workshop will examine how different local agencies who provide employment supports cooperate and exchange information to ensure a more joined up service, and the extent to which supports are leading to a more inclusive labour market.
Moderator: Jerry Murphy, Executive Director, Pobal
Siobhan Lawlor, Divisional Manager, DSP
Colin Donnery, Director, Turas Nua
Brid O’Brien, Head of Policy and Media, INOU
· Workshop 2: The activation agenda and local government
This workshop will look at the role of local authorities and Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in supporting employment activation, as well as contributing to broader economic development. The workshop will also consider what the impact of the Local Economic and Community Plans has been.
Moderator: Maria Farry, Beneficiary Support Specialist, Pobal
Sinead Carr, Director of Services, Tipperary County Council (am session)
Paul Reid, Chief Executive, Fingal County Council (pm session)
Anne Kavanagh, CEO, Paul Partnership
Deiric Ó Broin, Director, NorDubCo
· Workshop 3: The role of social enterprise in promoting inclusive local labour markets
This session will highlight the potential contribution of social enterprises in creating employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups and will also identify key learning points from the experience of social enterprises in creating employment.
Alan Curtis, Inclusive Employment and Enterprise Team Leader, Pobal
Evelyn Murray, Manager, Shuttleknit Ltd.
Eamonn McCann, Wicklow Travellers Group
John Murphy, CEO, Speedpak Group
· Workshop 4: Inclusive local labour markets: An employer perspective
This workshop will consider how employers can engage with employment services to create local job opportunities for disadvantaged groups.
Susan Melligan, Head of Human Resources, Swissport Ireland
Dorinda Ryder, HR Business Process Manager, Medtronic
Pauline O’ Dwyer, Co-ordinator, Employability Galway
· Workshop 5: Homelessness and access to the labour market: An integrated approach
This session will highlight approaches to supporting people at risk of homelessness into employment and identify key learning points from the experience of working with people at risk of homelessness from both a policy and practice perspective
Neil Forsyth, Service Manager, Focus Ireland
Paula McGrath, Managing Director, Achievers Resource Solutions
· Workshop 6: Apprenticeships in Ireland: New opportunities
Apprenticeships have been an area of reform in Ireland in recent years with the establishment of the Apprenticeship Council and the launch of new apprenticeships. This workshop will examine the value of apprenticeships and how they operate locally.
Moderator: Aoife McKenna, Project Manager, Pobal
Paul O’Toole, CEO, Solas
Tommy Coleman, Senior Training Advisor, Tipperary ETB
Donal Kelly, Work Winner Project Coordinator, Tipperary Regional Youth Services