UPC support YouRock platform to boost Irish youth employment

UPC encourages youngsters to develop e-Skills through support of new networking site

David Baker
by David Baker on 31st March, 2014

UPC, one of Ireland’s leading TV and broadband suppliers, has offered their support for the new YouRock platform which will function as a free employability networking site that helps Irish youngsters tap into the 4,500 immediate ITC opportunities available in the country.

The platform, whose launch was officially marked during Get Online Week – held from 24-30 March and part of the e-Skills for Jobs Campaign in the EU – is committed to ensuring Irish youngsters have the helping hand they need to secure employment.

Targeting those aged 15-24 years, YouRock sets out to improve employability through various means.

Young jobseekers will be able to upload their interests to the network, building a comprehensive and dynamic job profile, and also highlight any skills they have which are desirable to employers. Those seeking to recruit youngsters can then search for people with specific skills to improve their chances of finding the best qualified candidates.

Ian Clifford, YouRock’s founder, explained that the platform, and UPC’s support of it, would allow them to “reach deep into the country” and boost ICT employability amongst their younger citizens.

He expressed gratitude for UPC’s involvement; claiming it would be vital to the platform’s success and reach.

UPC joined the list of supporters for the platform after they felt it would address the current lack of Irish workers found in the country’s ‘dynamic’ digital sector.

According to UPC, although news reports constantly comment on a digital boom for the country, there is a distinct gap between the supply and demand of suitable workers – especially from younger demographics.

“According to FIT, ‘Fastrack to IT’, there are over 4,500 immediate ICT vacancies in Ireland,” commented UPC Ireland CEO, Magnus Ternsjö.

“It is our responsibility, as well as being in our interest, to boost the next generation talent pool by educating young people not only in the skills they will need, but also in recognising those they already possess.”

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