According to the Lord Mayor, ‘Dublin needs strong and creative leadership, with a clear vision for the future of the City, to get its economy moving again. We need to prioritise the protection of existing employment and the creation of new jobs.’
‘To this end I am establishing the Commission on Employment to examine how Dublin City Council can facilitate growth in the local economy. It is my intention that all the political parties and independents in the City Council together with the communities they represent will take ownership of this Commission. It will examine the scope of the problem, identify the unemployment blackspots; it will meet with and take submissions from the key stakeholders in all relevant sectors; it will engage with local community groups, hold public workshops and take public submissions’,
The Commission aims to examine how Dublin City Council can facilitate growth in the local economy and will focus on four thematic areas namely, a) employment and unemployment, b) education skills and training, c) business entrepreneurship and finance and d) volunteering and the social economy.
The Lord Mayor added. “Through each of these themes we will work to develop policies and create conditions which will generate new jobs. We will identify issues and gaps in the education, skills and training systems to support Dublin’s performance as a hub in the Smart economy. We will identify existing or future opportunities for employment creation and enterprise growth. We will explore opportunities in potential growth sectors, for example, in the green economy, creative industries and cultural tourism heritage enterprise. We will ascertain mechanisms to support enterprise, particularly small to medium sized enterprise and will identify potential sources of funding. We will also examine the role of the voluntary and community sector and the potential benefits to the exchequer of people being employed through Community Employment and the social economy.”
The work of the Commission will link with and support the delivery of the recently launched Economic Development Action Plan for the Dublin City Region. It is intended that the fruits of the Commission’s work will also inform the policies of the Dublin City Development Plan (2011-2016). Moreover, the recommendations from the Commission will help inform the policies of the new Dublin City Development Plan (2011-2016) and issues coming through the Commission can be actively pursued by each of the Strategic Policy Committees. “In this way, the work of the Commission can be sustained well long beyond the lifetime of this Lord Mayor”, concluded the Lord Mayor Cllr Costello.
Details of the work proposed under the four main objectives:
Employment & Unemployment
- To profile employment in Dublin and identify existing or future opportunities for employment creation and enterprise growth.
- To examine the efficacy and efficiency of labour market information systems and media as it functions in a changing technological environment to serve the needs of employers and job seekers at all levels in the recruitment process.
Education, Skills & Training
- To identify issues and gaps on the education, skills and training systems to support Dublin’s performance as a hub in the Smart Economy.
- To identify skills shortages and identify immediate measures to ensure training and skills development is responsive to current need and provided in an accessible and timely manner that is targeted to minimise the length of time a person is unemployed.
Business, Entrepreneurship & Finance
- To identify the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses and propose measures that would better facilitate the development of a positive enterprise culture.
- To focus on the current difficulties in access to finance and identify sources of funding
- To explore potential growth sectors such as Green Technology, Creative Industries and Cultural/ Tourism / Heritage enterprise
Volunteering & the Social Economy
- To identify the potential of volunteering and its positive role in the economic recession in providing an individual with an opportunity to maintain or update their skill base and make a connection with their community and society.
- To identify the benefit to the exchequer of people being employed through community employment schemes and the social economy