Over 60 businesses from across the South East have made recommendations and voiced concerns that will be fed back to policy makers and training providers at local and national level.
Sixty-four businesses attended the recent ‘Preparing For Recovery’ forum at Kilkenny’s Pembroke Hotel, an event designed to provide enterprises of all sizes with a road map for recovery by tapping into the pool of knowledge and skills available through unemployed people in the area.
Kilkenny Leader Partnership organised the forum, which drew unprecedented support from local businesses anxious to investigate support to access the wealth of human capital amongst the ranks of unemployed, enabling companies to share their experience and develop themselves further with the help of project placement.
“We were delighted with the turnout and the engagement and ideas mooted,” said organiser Ann Marie McSorley. “This event would never have been possible without the input of Kilkenny Leader Partnership and support from the State Street Corporation.”
The 64 businesses who registered their interest on the day heard from keynote speakers Bobby Kerr, Mark Fielding of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association and local Department of Social Welfare representative Fergal Blanchfield.
A report of their feedback is now being developed in order to upscale project placement programmes such as Kickstart for 2013. This report will be delivered to the stakeholders on the County Development Board such as FÁS, Vocational Education Committees and the Department of Social Protection.