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Pobal Conference: Creating an Inclusive Labour Market
Wednesday 9th November, 2016
The Helix, DCU: Agenda
 
8:00
 
 
8:30 – 9.15
Registration Opens
Tea and Coffee
 
Breakfast Briefing (Optional event)
Light refreshments provided for breakfast briefing participants
 
Moderator: Martin Quigley, Unit Lead, Pobal
Welcome by Clodagh McDonnell, Principal Officer, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government followed by a presentation from Seamus McGuinness, Research Professor, ESRI
 
9.30
 
 
 
9.55
 
Introduction and Welcome
·         Seamus Boland, Pobal Chairperson: Welcome to the conference
·         Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University: Reflections from DCU
 
Plenary Session 1:  How Inclusive is Today’s Labour Market?
Chair: Anne Vaughan, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Social Protection
·         Leo Varadkar, Minister for Social Protection: Creating a more inclusive labour market – Government priorities
·         Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility: Opening address (via video input)
 
·         Donald Storrie, Head of Unit Employment and Change, Eurofound: EU/international context of labour market with focus on disadvantage
·         Philip O’Connell, Director of the Geary Institute, UCD: Improving employment outcomes for disadvantaged groups - the Irish context
Q&A
 
11.25
 
11.45
Coffee Break
 
Parallel Workshops/Seminars - Round 1
6 workshops/seminars that profile learning from local, regional or national settings on creating an inclusive labour market
 
·         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
1.00
Lunch provided
 
2.00
 
Parallel Workshops/Seminars - Round 2
Workshop 1: Inter-agency co-operation for a more inclusive local labour market
Workshop 2: The activation agenda and local government
Workshop 3: The role of social enterprise in promoting inclusive local labour markets
Workshop 4: Inclusive local labour markets: An employer perspective .
Workshop 5: Homelessness and access to the labour market: An integrated approach
Workshop 6: Apprenticeships in Ireland: New opportunities
 
3.15
 
Address by Catherine Byrne, Minister of State for Communities and National Drugs Strategy 
Supporting job creation in local communities
 
3.30
 
Plenary Session 2: The Future Direction of the Labour Market and its Impact on Local Communities
Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Maureen Gaffney, psychologist, writer and broadcaster.
·         Craig Holmes, Fellow in Economics, University of Oxford
·         Mary Murphy, Lecturer in Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland Maynooth
·         Patricia King, General Secretary, Irish Congress of Trade Unions
·         Paul O’Toole, CEO, SOLAS
·         Robert MacGiolla Phadraig, Chief Commercial Officer, Sigmar
 
4.40
Denis Leamy, CEO, Pobal: Closing words
 
4.45
 
5.00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5.30
 
Plenary Ends
 
 
OECD Report Launch (optional event)

Welcome by Antonella Noya, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD and a short overview by report author Helen Johnston, Senior Social Policy Analyst in NESC

Light refreshments provided

Event close