Worklink was set-up in 2011 and aimed to assist unemployed job seekers to reach their employment goals through confidence building and job readiness programmes. This assistance was provided by a network of volunteers around the country who worked in the fields of human resources, recruitment and training. We developed programmes that utilised their expertise and skills so that they could provide additional help to unemployed people, and the various organisations that support them. Jobseekers accessed these supports via volunteer led workshops, career coaching, one to one mentoring, online content and advice, and information via telephone and email.
We also worked closely with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the association for Human Resources professionals in the UK and Ireland. As the official ‘volunteer arm’ of the CIPD we had a strong relationship with a range of small, medium and large employers, and seek to develop connections between these employers, state services, and charitable organisations working with jobseekers. We believed that by strengthening these relationships and working together we could find inclusive, innovative and effective new solutions to unemployment in Ireland.
As of April 2015 Worklink will be consolidating our services into the Jobcare family. Jobcare has been operating from a Dublin base for over 20 years, serving the needs of unemployed people through its transitional work programmes, jobseeking skills courses and one to-one coaching. To find out more about Jobcare please visit www.jobcare.ie