Jobnet and Peter Johnson Featured in Irish Business Post

Jobnet and Peter Johnson Featured in Irish Business Post

Jun 21

Big ideas for tackling social problems
02:54, 16 June 2013 by Elaine O’Regan
Peter Johnson launched the Jobnet programme in 2011 to address the needs of a new kind of jobseeker in Ireland – the professionally skilled individual or graduate who, because of the current economic climate, is finding it difficult to find work, yet has much to offer a potential employer.

Recognising that a job isn’t just about the pay cheque, Johnson set about creating a programme aimed at helping this new kind of professional to find the right kind of job for them. Johnson was already working with Jobcare in Dublin as centre manager and job club leader. He wanted to combine the expertise of the charity sector and the resources of business to offer job-seekers a professional environment tailored to their needs.

The Jobnet programme is delivered over seven weeks, during which time participants learn about essential job-seeking skills, such as:

– confidence building
– reinvention
– up-skilling
– network-building
– targeted job searching and taking advantage of local opportunities.

Johnson’s work with Jobnet has earned him a coveted place among the eight finalists of this year’s Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) Awards. All eight have come up with innovative projects to help solve a specific social problem facing people in Ireland today and all are now in line to share in a prize fund with a total value of €750,000.

The finalists will now embark upon a three-month support and evaluation programme, designed to help them to clearly define the problem they are trying to address and refine their solution.

They will receive in-depth support and professional consultation before the announcement of the award winners in October. Three Social Entrepreneurs will be awarded the top-level Impact Award and €130,000 in direct funding, with additional support services valued at €70,000 over two years.

A further five will receive the Elevator Award, with €22,000 in direct funding and €10,000 worth of support over one year.A not-for-profit organisation, SEI has in the past seven years, supported 161 social entrepreneurs, investing €4.9 million in their projects. This year’s finalists have been chosen from more than 200 applicants.

“There is no denying that Ireland is in need of profound change, but the huge number of quality applications we received for the SEI Awards gives us firm hope that there is a vibrant and growing community of social entrepreneurs in our country coming up with brilliant ideas for social change and working tirelessly to put those ideas into action,” said Social Entrepreneurs Ireland’s chief executive Seán Coughlan.

For more on Jobnet, log on to jobcare.ie, and for more on Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, visit socialentrepreneurs.ie

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