LinkedIn invests €180,000 to help jobseekers get back to work
Paul Mooney, co-founder and CEO of Jobcare, with Sharon McCooey, senior director of international operations and site leader of LinkedIn Ireland. Image: Robbie Reynolds

LinkedIn invests €180,000 to help jobseekers get back to work

22 May 2017115 Shares

New LinkedIn investment aims to provide economic opportunities for the global workforce.

Social network LinkedIn has committed €180,000 to a partnership with non-profit Jobcare to assist jobseekers facing challenges in finding work.

The funding comes from LinkedIn’s social impact programme, LinkedIn for Good.

‘We recognise that we have a great responsibility to be a positive part of this community’
– SHARON MCCOOEY

The programme aims to connect communities in need with economic opportunities to make their visions a reality.

Jobcare will use the funding to help improve their participants’ digital skills and update their IT equipment, while also extending the organisation’s reach to jobseekers outside of Dublin.

Overcoming barriers to employment

“The experience of unemployment can be devastating for individuals and their families, so we have dedicated ourselves over the past 20 years to help people get over their barriers to employment,” said Paul Mooney, co-founder and CEO of Jobcare.

“We are extremely fortunate to have found a partner in LinkedIn who can not only provide us with substantial financial support, but also help the modern jobseeker with the digital skills they require for today’s workplace.

LinkedIn also ensures that staff can take an ‘InDay’ once a month, to volunteer for causes they feel passionate about.

Employees will be able to support Jobcare with their skills and expertise as part of the company’s vision to cater for every member of the global workforce.

“LinkedIn exists to help people find economic opportunity, so we are very excited about the chance to partner with Jobcare to help people across Ireland get into rewarding careers,” said Sharon McCooey, senior director of international operations and site leader of LinkedIn Ireland.

“With our EMEA headquarters in Dublin, we recognise that we have a great responsibility to be a positive part of this community, and our team are delighted to be able to support a cause that they are passionate about.”

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist. He joined Silicon Republic in 2002 to become the fulcrum of the company’s news service He was recipient of the Irish Internet Association’s NetVisionary Technology Journalist Award 2005 and Siliconrepublic.com has been awarded ‘Best Technology Site’ at the Irish Web Awards seven times. In 2011 he received the David Manley Award commending him for his dedication to covering entrepreneurs. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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