THE importance of using EmployAbility West Cork was highlighted at the recent opening of the employment service’s new offices in Rossa Street in Clonakilty.
Speaking at the launch, Martin Carey, a member of the board of directors, said EmployAbility West Cork provides a very important service in the community.
‘The service for both job seekers and employers is very important and, as a former employer, I was one who used this service and it’s important to get employers to know about the scheme,’ said Mr Carey.
Jobs coach Anna Moynihan said the service supports people who have had a setback in life.
‘Clonakilty has been a supportive community and the employers have been equally supportive. We also have a great relationship between the coaches and the people who use the service,’ said Anna, who also thanked the staff who helped get the new offices ready on time.
Marie Hurley from the Department of Social Protection congratulated the team in Clonakilty on opening the new offices and said their work ‘can’t be recognised enough.’
Rachel Long, who herself used the service, said she was delighted to be at the opening of the new offices and that the service helped her gain employment.
Alison Roberts, owner of Clonakilty Chocolate, also spoke of her experience of engaging with the service. She was linked up with a new employee who has been with her company for three years now and has helped her business grow.
‘The advantage of using this service is the depth of life experience that some of these people have and also that they are looking for flexible working hours,’ said Alison.
Local Dáil deputies Jim Daly (FG) and Michael Collins (Ind) were also in attendance for the official opening of the new offices.
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